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Syrian Civil War

Syrian peace prospects sabotaged in Geneva

In the latest effort to end Syria's five-year civil war, talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel opposition groups broke down almost as soon as they began Monday after both sides charged the other with negotiating in bad faith. It was an inauspicious start to what had been billed as the last best chance for peace in a conflict that already has killed some 250,000 Syrian civilians and driven millions more into exile. At this point it's too soon to know whether the talks can be revived, but a failure of the U.N.-sponsored negotiations in Geneva clearly would represent a setback for U.S. policy in the region.

There are indications that is exactly what...