Deadly blasts rock Syria as US, Russia talks stall

Syrians and security forces gather at the site of a blast targeting the Arzuna bridge on the outskirts of Tartus, on September 5, 2016Bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed dozens in mainly government-controlled areas of Syria on Monday, as Washington and Moscow failed to agree a deal to stem the violence. In China, where world powers were gathered for the G20 meeting, US President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin touted “productive” talks and “some alignment” on Syria. The latest carnage came in a wave of blasts, the deadliest of which was a double bombing in the coastal province of Tartus, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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