Syria talks set to struggle despite foreign pressure

March 13, 2016 5:49 PM

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BEIRUT/GENEVA Syria peace talks due to begin in Geneva this week look set to struggle with the sides showing no sign of compromise over the issue at the heart of the five-year-long conflict: the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.N.-led talks getting underway on Monday with U.S. and Russian support are part of the first serious diplomatic effort toward ending the conflict since Moscow intervened last September with air strikes that have tipped the war Assad's way.

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