U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must go in order for any Syrian transition to be successful. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: The United States will know within days if a proposed cessation of hostilities due to begin on Saturday will take hold and if a political transition does not unfold in Syria there are 'Plan B' options, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday (February 23). "I think we're going to see very quickly whether or not countries are serious about this transition and whether or not Assad is serious about it" Kerry told lawmakers. Kerry added "As long as Assad is there you cannot stop the war because of the grievous events that have transpired over the course of the last years. People don't see how someone who has gassed his own people, driven so many of them into refugee status and displaced, tortured them starved them, barrel bombed them how he somehow is going to be the glue that brings the place back together."