UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran to Help Ensure Ceasefire in Syria

Russian-led talks on Syria ended with agreement Tuesday to bolster a cease-fire even as apparent tensions with Iran, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, threaten to hold up efforts to end the six-year civil war.

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Syria Peace Talks Begin in Kazakhstan Without a U.S. Delegation

The Syrian peace talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran have begun in Kazakhstan. The United States does not have a delegation at the talks, although the Kazakh government did send an invitation, with the support of Russia and Turkey (but most definitely not Iran).

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Syria Peace Talks Make Rocky Start

Syria rebels began peace talks with the war-torn country’s government Monday in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, but refused to negotiate face-to-face in the first session.