Sources have now drilled down into origins of this new development as not coming from Vladimir Putin, who states, "Partners should see it through."
It comes from a specialized group in touch with both the Assad and ISIS regimes. The nature of this group has remained unclear until today.
As to who should replace of course has not been specified, nor specifically have the reasons been forthcoming.
For the Obama administration their demand has something to do with barrel bombs. These are felt to be more lethal than airstrikes or drones in terms of accumulating collateral damage-as with a barrel bomb here, and a Doctors Without Borders hospital slaughtering there.
Negotiations toward a political solution now require the additional "Obama must go" for the outcome.
That is, with a settlement, not only will Assad be replaced as leader, but so will Obama.
The world, which was very familiar with the "Assad must go" demand from Obama, has been startled by this development.
The demand has been met with "ludicrous" from various White House spokespersons. Samantha Powers spoke of "the height of arrogance" and Josh Earnest stated, "I fart on it."
The White House points out that Obama is a man of peace and defense of the nation whereas Assad is a hideous specimen without a shred of decency in his bones.
Nevertheless, if there is to be a way forward, it must come from a political solution. This is the view of the select committee now leading these negotiations.
This committee has finally been identified, after painstaking research.
It is formed from the four man member brigade of moderate rebels the US trained at a cost of half a billion dollars and sent into the field.
This group launched a new foray toward settling this matter, being somewhat outnumbered in actual battle.
This new "Obama must go" program is the result of their efforts.