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Russia Seeks Syria Peace With Iran, Turkey as U.S. Sidelined

  • Rebel groups meet with Assad officials in Kazakhstan
  • Talks seek to cement truce, encourage dialogue, Russia says
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The Syrian Catastrophe Explained

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A joint effort to end the war in Syria by Russia, Turkey and Iran entered a new phase on Monday with peace talks in Kazakhstan that leave the U.S. on the sidelines.

Syrian officials and representatives of armed opposition groups started a meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana, organized by the three powers. The talks follow a cease-fire in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey late last month that has continued to hold in most areas, in contrast to earlier U.S.-Russian attempts.