A Syrian man walks past a destroyed water tower in a rebel-held area of Deraa, southern Syria, on April 19, 2016. / AFP / MOHAMAD ABAZEED
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Syria's fragile peace talks might not resume for at least a year if they are abandoned now, a senior Western diplomat warned Wednesday, as the opposition urged more military support for rebels after declaring a truce was over.The truce was brokered by the United States and Russia to pave the way for the first peace talks attended by the warring factions since fighting began five years ago.The Geneva talks aim to end a war that has killed more than 250,000 people, created the world's worst refugee crisis, allowed for the rise of ISIS and drawn in regional and major powers.The already widely violated truce began fraying more quickly some two weeks ago near Aleppo, where the Syrian army accused rebel groups of taking part in assaults by Islamists who are not covered by the cease-fire. Rebel armed groups appear to be girding for more war.The opposition accuses the government of violating the cessation of hostilities to capture Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, which has been divided between government-controlled and rebel-held zones for years.
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