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Fifth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to end the Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said agenda of the talks include the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria, which was signed by the guarantor countries during a meeting in Astana in May this year.

Besides the three guarantor countries, Russia, Turkey, and Iran and UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura, delegations from Jordan and the United States are also attending the talks as observers.

Shortly before the peace talks in Astana, the U.S. military announced that US-backed opposition forces in Syria had breached the wall surrounding the Old City of Raqqa in their battle to take the city from the Islamic State militant group.


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