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        7/30/2012, Av 11, 5772

      Panetta: Assad's Attacks Show He Lost Legitimacy


      Attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo are putting the nail in the coffin of President Bashar al-Assad's government, showing he lacks the legitimacy to rule, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday.

      Reuters quoted Panetta as having said at the start of a weeklong trip to the Middle East and North Africa, “If they continue this kind of tragic attack on their own people in Aleppo, I think it ultimately will be a nail in Assad's own coffin.”

      He added, “What Assad has been doing to his own people and what he continues to do to his own people makes clear that his regime is coming to an end. It's lost all legitimacy. It's no longer a question of whether he's coming to an end, it's when.”