Syria truce strained on eve of fresh peace talks

Fighters from the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) hold a position in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern edges of DamascusSyria’s landmark ceasefire was threatening to fall apart on Tuesday amid a surge of fighting, especially in northern Aleppo province, as peace talks were set to resume in Geneva. Fresh concerns about the ceasefire were voiced by Iran, where the UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura was holding talks with the key backer of President Bashar al-Assad. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told De Mistura that the recent increase in fighting was “disturbing and may interfere with the political process”.

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