The Straits Times
Published on Dec 25, 2012

Syrian regime 'has no future': US


DAMASCUS (AFP) - Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held "constructive" talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, as Washington warned that his regime's days are numbered.

As jihadists seized an area populated by the embattled leader's Alawite community, the opposition National Coalition accused Damascus of committing a "massacre" of dozens of civilians in the bombing of a bakery.

The United States condemned the "vicious" attack in which at least 60 people are reported to have been killed in a regime air strike on a bakery in the town of Halfaya, in the central province of Hama on Sunday.

"Brutal attacks such as these show that this regime has no future in Syria," acting State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement.