UN envoy: Syrian peace talks will not resume next week

February 20, 2016 5:47 AM

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UN envoy: Syrian peace talks will not resume next week

BEIRUT (AP) — In another setback to international efforts to resolve Syria's devastating civil war, peace talks are not to resume next week in Geneva, a U.N. envoy announced as Turkey on Friday intensified cross-border artillery shelling on areas dominated by Syria's U.S.-backed, mostly Kurdish militia.

But reinforcing its image as a key force battling the Islamic State group on the ground, the predominantly Kurdish coalition, known as the Syria Democratic Forces, on Friday captured the town of Shaddadeh in the country's northeast. The town was one of the biggest strongholds of the extremists.

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