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U.S. suspends Syria cease-fire talks with Russia

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>> The US suspending talks with Russia aimed at ending the violence in Syria's civil war. The State Department on Monday accusing Moscow and its ally, Syrian president Bashar Assad, of picking force over diplomacy.>> Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course inconsistent with the cessation of hostilities, as demonstrated by intensified attacks against civilian areas, targeting of critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need.
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The end in talks coming as Syrian and Russian jets rained bombs down on rebel-held areas. American diplomats watching the destruction can only look back on their efforts with bitterness. Reuters National Security Investigations Editor, David Rohde.>> The end of the ceasefire agreement over the last week has sort of shown to the US officials that Russia wasn't sincere.
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And essentially, the Russians and the Syrians are gonna try to win this conflict militarily, and they were essentially playing the US during the negotiations for the last six months. And that's what's led to so much anger. Particularly, we've heard from John Kerry himself, the Secretary of State, and John Brennan, the Director of the CIA.
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>> Officials telling Reuters the US now considering other options in Syria, including arming Syrian rebel groups. Barack Obama has repeatedly ruled out direct US military intervention in the conflict, except to target Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliates in the country.