Staffan De Mistura. (AP)
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The new United Nations special envoy to Syria began his first visit to Damascus on Tuesday, seeking to end the deadly three-year conflict as exchanges of mortar and shelling between government forces and rebels killed more than a dozen people in the heaviest fighting around the capital in weeks.Steffan de Mistura, a Swedish-Italian diplomat, is stepping into a mission that has frustrated two previous high-profile predecessors: Finding a resolution to a conflict that has killed more than 190,000 people and has driven a third of Syria's population -- some 9 million people -- from their homes. The exchange was the deadliest in the capital since August 3, when 11 people were killed in Damascus.Unlike Brahimi, de Mistura is not a joint envoy of the U.N. and the Arab League, which has been deeply divided over the war in Syria.
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