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US says Russian use of Iran base unhelpful but won’t derail Syria talks

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States said Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to fly long-range bombers to conduct airstrikes in Syria was unhelpful, but would not derail negotiations to reach a deal on Syria.

Obama chides Russia, but will 'test' cooperation to curb Syria war

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US President Barack Obama on Aug. 4 criticized Russia for backing the Syrian regime’s advances on Aleppo, as US-Russian negotiations on possible deeper cooperation on Syria drag on without agreement.

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

Friday, Jun. 24, 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.

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