U.S. reiterates lack of military solution in Syria

Recent gains made by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad demonstrate why there is no military solution in store for Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Wednesday as part of her daily press briefing. When asked how the U.S. views gains made in Damascus and Aleppo by Assad's regime, Psaki said one of the reasons the U.S. is pursuing a Geneva conference is because there is no military solution in Syria.

"We've always said, as you know, that there would be many ups and down in the events on the ground in Syria," Psaki said. "One of the reasons we're so aggressively pursuing a Geneva conference is because, as (Secretary of State John Kerry) has stated many times, there's no military solution to this conflict."

Psaki noted an upcoming trilateral meeting planning to move the possibility of a Geneva conference forward. She pointed out that the Syrian National Coalition recently agreed to attend such a conference and was also joined by the Kurdish National Coalition.

"Our view is that Syria should be unified, it must be unified moving forward," Psaki said. "That has consistently been our view. And again, the fact that the Kurdish National Coalition joined the SNC and they're committed to coming to Geneva was a positive sign of the last 24 hours."