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Syria 'spinning out of control': US defence chief

AFP , Wednesday 18 Jul 2012
A UN observers vehicle arrives at the site where a suicide attack hit the National Security building in Damascus, Syria site in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, July 5, 2012. (Photo:AP)
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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Wednesday that the situation in Syria was "spinning out of control," after a suicide attack in Damascus killed two top Syrian security officials.

The international community must "bring maximum pressure on (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad to do what's right, to step down and to allow for that peaceful transition," Panetta told reporters.

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