U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will tell Russia its support of Assad is 'doomed to failure.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that Russia's escalated military involvement in Syria is an indication that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worried and is turning to Russian advisers for help. Obama said the United States is going to be engaging Russia, whose military involvement could prevent a political resolution that is being sought by Washington to end Assad's rule. The United States will tell Russia that its support of Assad is "doomed to failure," Obama said in a town hall meeting with U.S. military service members to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.