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US, Turkey project unity in call for Assad to step aside

Downplay split over level of aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan projected a united front Thursday on Syria, keeping stark differences about how much the United States should intervene behind closed doors as they looked to Russia and the global community to close ranks behind efforts to oust Syria’s president, Bashar Assad.

Outside the White House, the two leaders offered no hints about new actions either country would take, but they pledged to keep intensifying pressure on Assad. After a meeting focused on Syria, Erdogan sidestepped a question about what he wants Obama to do, though he has publicly urged the United States to take further steps to hasten Assad’s departure. And Obama emphasized that if and when the United States takes action, it won’t be alone.

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