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    Rebels Reportedly in Secret Talks to End Aleppo Siege

    Has the U.S. been sidelined? Multiple rebel groups in Aleppo have reportedly been participating in Ankara-based talks with Russian forces that support Bashar Assad’s government. Some experts are blaming America’s exclusion on President Obama’s reluctance to engage in Syria’s civil war, and others think rebels have a good chance of striking a deal with Moscow, which would rather discourage future rebellion than maintain long-term military control. Meanwhile, a U.N. official called on world partners to help Aleppo’s starving civilians before the city becomes “one giant graveyard.”

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