Syrian military soldiers check identifications and search vehicles at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus. (AP/Hassan Ammar)
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As international wrangling continues over attendance in the countdown to the highly anticipated "Geneva II" peace talks, on the ground in Syria the response to the conference is lackluster.Few people expect that the talks, scheduled to begin in the Swiss city of Montreux Wednesday, will end three years of bitter civil war. The opposition, largely in exile, paralyzed by infighting and disagreement, and lacking sway over the rebel forces fighting President Bashar Assad, is also struggling to retain its credibility.In the central city of Homs, university student Omar told The Daily Star he did not believe the talks would change anything on the ground.Moreover, he said he did not believe international powers or the regime were sincere in wanting an end to the conflict. For activists like "Leena al-Sham," who has been involved in the fight against the Assad regime since the outbreak of the revolution, such an outcome would fall well short of Syrians' aspirations.While the talks were "worth a try," she said, many feared the outcome would benefit the regime and its allies. While Syrians are tired, she said, those who had fought and lost family and loved ones over three years were far from ready to give up the fight.
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