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Elusive US-Russia deal on Syria may again prove out of reach

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry had been expected to travel to Geneva to try to finalize a deal with Russia for a nationwide cease-fire in Syria this week, but hopes for concluding the accord appear once again to have been lowered.

'Window closing' on US-Russia deal on Syria

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

It seems increasingly unlikely that the United States and Russia will conclude a deal on Syria before US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China on Sept. 4.

Kerry, Lavrov will meet to finalize Syria deal

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Aug. 26 to try to finalize a deal on Syria that has been complicated by an escalation of fighting in Aleppo.

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.

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