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Watching the art of the impossible in GenevaThe head of the Syrian opposition says he's going to Geneva for the next round of U.S.-Russian-sponsored peace talks Monday, even though the opposition rejects any future role for President Bashar Assad, whose regime will be the other party in the talks.This is precisely the issue the United States and Russia had hoped to finesse by deferring the question of Assad's future until after elections take place, in theory 18 months from now.Given the impasse on big negotiating issues, some leaders in the Syrian opposition argue that the United States should concentrate on smaller steps that would build support for the moderate opposition and weaken the hold of the extremists from Daesh (ISIS) and the Nusra Front.Rebel leaders also urge the United States to encourage non-governmental organizations to rush humanitarian supplies to areas in northwest Syria, near the cities of Aleppo and Idlib, where the Nusra Front had been strong but may be weakening.
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