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US PRESIDENTIAL candidate Hilary Clinton has indicated her first task as president will be to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office.

Hilary Clinton and President Assad

The former US secretary of state who has been scorched over her Middle Eastern policy says a “full review” of the issue will be the “first key task” of her presidency.

Mrs Clinton, who has been facing an FBI investigation into the hacking of her email by activists, announced her plans yesterday via her former chief of staff on security.

The UK and US Governments have thus far refused to get involved in a full-on conflict in the country that has been destroyed by civil war since 2011.

Now it seems that despite President Assad’s relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin that Mrs Clinton is intent on escalating the conflict by reviewing her policy with a plan to force him out of office against his will.

Assad, a qualified eye surgeon, has been president of Syria since 2000 and has so far refused to stand down despite worldwide condemnation.

Hillary Clinton and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister met at ‘Friends of Syria’ conference in Tunis

Now Jeremy Bash who worked for 68-year-old Mrs Clinton during her time in President Barack Obama’s administration said she is steadfast in her plans to up America’s involvement.

He told the Telegraph: “It is a murderous regime that violates human rights; that has violated international law; used chemical weapons against his own people; has killed hundreds of thousands of people, including tens of thousands of children.

“I predict that a Syria policy review will be one of the first items of business for the national security team.”

President Bashar al-Assad (L-2) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin GETTY

President Bashar al-Assad met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last year

I predict that a Syria policy review will be one of the first items of business

Jeremy Bash

Mr Bash, a former advisor tasked with responsibility for the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency refused to provide “granular detail” of her plans.

Mrs Clinton has faced heavy criticism in the US following her handling of the 2012 death of US Ambassador J Christopher Stevens and US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith in Libya.

The attack in Benghazi took place after Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound.

Mr Stevens was the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979 and was one of four Americans killed following the violence.

Earlier this week Mr Smith’s mother Pat said she held presidential hopeful Mrs Clinton “personally” responsible for the death of her child.

The remains of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Libyan embassy employees September 14. 2012 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.GETTY

The remains of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were returned to the US in 2012

She said: “We lost four brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country they chose to serve,” Smith said.

“For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”

Earlier this week President Assad offered an amnesty for all citizens engaged in war.

A statement issued by the local state run news agency said: “Everyone carrying arms… and sought by justice… is excluded from full punishment if they hand themselves in and lay down their weapons.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at Ambassador Christopher Stevens' Transfer of Remains Ceremony GETTY

U.S. President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ repatriation

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has changed his view on Syria since he took over as Foreign Secretary.

He previously argued President Assad could help defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

But in his first U-turn in Theresa May’s new government he changed his opinion ahead of a meeting with US secretary of state John Kerry in which he was eviscerated by US press.