Syrian government forces gather at the Kindi Hospital in Aleppo on Oct. 2, 2016. R / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN
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The United States on Monday abandoned its effort to convince Russia to impose a ceasefire on the Syrian regime as government forces pursued their relentless onslaught on eastern Aleppo.Accusing Moscow of abetting Syrian strongman Bashar Assad's assault on civilian districts of the city, Washington said it had suspended bilateral talks with Russia on reviving a truce.The Russian and US militaries will keep a communications channel set up to ensure their forces do not get in each other's way during "counterterrorism operations in Syria," Kirby said.Washington accused Moscow of failing to rein in Assad's government forces and of carrying out air strikes on civilian targets, including a UN aid convoy.Moscow, meanwhile, says the United States failed to separate "moderate" anti-Assad rebels from extremists linked to Al-Qaeda.Moscow on Monday denied it was bombing hospitals, insisting its air campaign was "highly effective" and had stopped extremists taking over Syria.The toll was the highest loss of life for forces involved in the Turkish-led operation in northern Syria since it began in late August, it said.
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