SYRIAN REBEL GROUPS FREEZE NEGOTIATIONS

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Free Syrian Army and other groups have announced that they pull out of discussions about Kazakhstan peace talks due to an alleged assault on Barada Valley.

Syria’s main rebel groups say they have frozen their participation in preliminary peace talks planned for Kazakhstan later this month due to several “violations” by government forces of a five-day-old truce.

The groups were freezing their participation in negotiations being prepared by Russia due to a government-led assault on Barada Valley, a rebel-held area near Damascus that is key to the capital’s water supply.

The groups suspending their participation included the Free Syrian Army, one of the biggest coalitions fighting against President Bashar al-Assad, and the Army of Conquest, another coalition of anti-government groups.

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