>> All eyes on Astana, as world players bid for peace in Syria, without the input of the US. The talks in Kazakhstan involving Russia, Iran, and Turkey, as well as a reportedly limited rebel delegation. The talks kicking off Thursday after repeated hitches. Syrian rebels initially threatening a boycott, claiming Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad hadn't complied with the cease fire.
Also accusing Moscow of failing to keep his government in check. The set back thought to have delayed the talks, now a smaller team of rebels is in Astana
] attempt to consolidate a tentative Syria cease fire. Russia now choosing to flex its diplomatic muscle after its air campaign helped Syria to retake Aleppo.
But it's not just the US absent from the Kazakhstan get together. The United Nations special envoy for Syria also staying away. Separate UN peace talks are set to run next week in Geneva. They could prove more decisive. There, rebels say, they'll seek rare face-to-face negotiations with the Assad government.