A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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fail to nail down Syria safe zones planPower brokers Russia, Turkey and Iran failed Wednesday to iron out the details of four safe zones in war-torn Syria after two days of peace talks in Kazakhstan.Moscow and Tehran, which back Syrian President Bashar Assad, and rebel supporter Ankara agreed in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in a potential breakthrough after more than six years of fighting that has claimed more than 320,000 lives. Lavrentiev said that it had been agreed that Russian military police carrying light weapons would be involved in patrolling buffer areas around some of the zones. He also accepted that a zone meant to cover swaths of southern Syria would likely need to involve the United States and Jordan in some capacity.The mounting tensions between two U.S. allies in northwestern Syria risk opening yet another front in the multisided conflict, in which outside powers are playing ever greater roles. They could also distract the YPG from the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Raqqa, some 200 kilometers away.
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