Syria Peace Talks Face High Hurdles as War Rages Unabated

  • Syria's delegation chief says anti-terrorism is top priority
  • Assad's opponents are demanding end to airstrikes, sieges

Residents gather at the site of a suicide bombing on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on Jan. 31, 2016.

Photographer: Louai Beshara/AFP via Getty Images

Efforts to end five years of war in Syria face major obstacles after barely averting a boycott by President Bashar al-Assad’s foes, who are still holding up the start of indirect negotiations between government and opposition representatives.

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