People look on as smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, near Hatay, southern Turkey, on January 28, 2018, as Turkish jet fighters hit People's Protection Units (YPG) positions. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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Delegates Monday arrived for the first Syria peace congress in Russia, but expectations for the dialogue were tempered after the war-torn country's main opposition group said it would boycott the event.The aim of the Tuesday congress is to bring Syria closer to creating a post-war constitution, after two days of separate U.N.-backed talks in Vienna last week closed without any sign the warring sides had met face-to-face to discuss the groundwork for the document.The Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), the country's main opposition group, said following the talks in Vienna on Thursday and Friday that it would not attend the Sochi congress.More than three dozen other Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, previously said they would not come to Sochi.
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