Aleppo battles cast shadow over Syria peace talks

Syria's conflict began in 2011 as a peaceful revolt, with protests across the country that spread in 2012 to Aleppo province, which borders TurkeyFierce fighting raged Friday around Syria’s Aleppo as a surge in violence forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, overshadowing the latest round of peace talks in Geneva. US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to press its Syrian allies to respect the ceasefire. The delegation representing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime arrived Friday in Geneva for UN-brokered indirect talks between representatives of the government and opposition.

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