Turkey-backed Syrian fighters patrol on November 19, 2018 in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin. AFP / Bakr ALKASEM
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Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold the next round of Syria peace talks next week in the Kazakh capital of Astana, the country's foreign minister said Monday, as clashes between pro-Turkey rebels left 25 dead in Syria's east.The upcoming meeting comes amid continued clashes between regime forces and Islamist militants in Idlib, the country's last remaining rebel-stronghold.With the backing of pro-Ankara Syrian factions, Turkish forces have launched an offensive against Kurdish forces across the border.In March, Turkish and allied forces in March seized Syria's Afrin from Kurdish fighters after a fierce two-month-long air and ground offensive, but the area has since seen growing tensions and infighting between rebel groups.In a separate incident in the east of Syria, a military convoy from a Gulf country entered the area along the front line between Kurdish forces and Daesh (ISIS), the observatory said Sunday.The convoy reportedly crossed into the eastern outskirts of Deir al-Zor, along the front line against Daesh's final pocket of control in Syria, entering early in the morning and staying for a period of approximately 72 hours.
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