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A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) talks on a two-way radio on a rooftop on the outskirts of the town of Chaddade in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasaka, on February 19, 2016. / AFP / Delil souleiman

Syria ceasefire talks delayed: Russia

THE LEVANT NEWS: Russia said U.N.-led talks planned for Saturday between major international players on establishing a ceasefire in Syria had been postponed, as wrangling dragged on between the various sides.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that the meeting in Geneva had been put back to an unspecified later date as “consultations” between key nations continued.

Military and diplomatic officials from Russia and the United States held talks Friday to try to hammer out the details of a possible ceasefire, as a hoped for halt in hostilities on the ground failed to materialize.

That sit down was supposed to pave the way for a broader meeting after the 17 key international players involved in negotiations to end the Syrian conflict agreed on Jan. 12 that a ceasefire should come into force within a week.

The elusive truce was meant to begin Friday, but failed to do so as fighting raged in Syria with Kurdish-led forces backed by U.S.-led air power seizing a key town from the ISIS group.

Russia is currently flying a bombing campaign in Syria to back up forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, while the U.S. is leading a coalition targeting ISIS extremists.

Source: Agence France Presse

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