Syrian talks paused in part because of Russian air strikes - U.S. | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.N.-sponsored peace talks were paused in part because of Russian air strikes that disrupted humanitarian aid to Syrians, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a news briefing, spokesman John Kirby also said Russian air strikes around the Syrian city of Aleppo focussed mainly on the forces opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and he urged Moscow to target Islamic State.

A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to launch Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, made a major advance against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

(Reporting by David Alexander; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech)

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