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UN sets Syria peace talks target date, after death of rebel chief

The death of opposition chief Zahran Alloush, pictured on July 21, 2015, appeared to derail a plan to evacuate thousands of jihadists and civilians from southern DamascusThe United Nations hopes to convene peace talks between Syria’s government and opposition on January 25, it said Saturday, a day after the killing of a powerful rebel leader who supported negotiations. The death of opposition chief Zahran Alloush also appeared to derail a plan to evacuate thousands of jihadists and civilians from southern Damascus. Alloush, 44, was the commander of Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam), the predominant opposition faction in the Eastern Ghouta rebel bastion east of Damascus.

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