January 19, 2014

Don't Expect a Truce at Syria Peace Talks

Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

The country's opposition will attend peace talks next week despite having doubts, but the conference will at least mark Assad's first acknowledgement of the leadership.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Syria, Bashar Al-Assad


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