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Iraqi security forces wait for vehicles traveling to Mosul to fight against Islamic State militants at an Iraqi army base in Camp Taji in Baghdad, Feb. 21, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Ahmed Saad/File Photo)

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Planning for the 'day after' Mosul

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

As preparations advance to retake Mosul from IS, defense and foreign ministers from some 30 nations met in Washington to plan how to provide humanitarian relief and services for hundreds of thousands of people expected to be displaced.

Kerry, Putin meet to salvage Syria peace talks

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin July 14 to see if they could reach an agreement on a US plan to deepen US-Russian coordination on Syria.

Will US, Russia start coordinating against Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria?

Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States, increasingly concerned about the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, is continuing to discuss with Russia a proposal to target Jabhat al-Nusra and IS.

UN Syria envoy looks for talks to resume in July

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said a “critical mass” of agreement between Russia and the United States was still needed before holding a new round of intra-Syrian talks on a political transition.

Iran shifts on Syria

Friday, Jun. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

While the Obama administration is facing internal pressure to toughen its stance against Syria's Assad regime, Iran's Supreme National Security Council and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are playing a larger role in setting Syria policy.

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Laura Rozen is Al-Monitor's diplomatic correspondent based in Washington, DC. She has written for Yahoo! News, Politico and Foreign Policy. On Twitter: @LRozen

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