Syria opposition deal under fire ahead of US-Russia meet

Members of the Syrian government forces stand guard as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs, under a deal with the Syrian regime, on December 9, 2015Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate rejected Saturday the outcome of an opposition summit that agreed to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad, and Russia denounced the gathering in Saudi Arabia as unrepresentative. The latest developments come with US Secretary of State John Kerry due in Moscow Tuesday in a new bid to push for a peace plan to end Syria’s nearly five-year conflict. The Moscow meeting would build on the momentum of Vienna talks last month and an unprecedented two-day gathering this week in Riyadh among Syria’s main political and armed opposition groups.

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