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Paris attacks heighten pressure at Vienna Syria talks

Rebel fighters fill sandbags to make barricades from behind a curtain to protect them from government forces sniper fire in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on November 11, 2015Multiple “terror” attacks in Paris increased the pressure on some 20 countries and organisations meeting in Vienna on Saturday to overcome deep divisions and help end Syria’s horrific civil war. Witnesses said that the gunmen who killed at least 120 people in Friday’s wave of attacks shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest”) and blamed France’s military intervention in Syria against Islamic State (IS) extremists. The Vienna talks, involving key players Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as Russia, come however as rebels suffer a number of setbacks in Syria and Iraq, with Russian strikes helping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime regain territory.

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