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Syrian opposition urges UN to retake lead in peace process

A leading Syrian opposition group called on the United Nations to retake charge of the peace process for war-torn Syria, on Thursday, after Russia announced it would host parallel talks later this month.

The High Negotiations Committee said Russia was undermining the U.N. and imposing its own rules for Syria, where over 400,000 people have been killed in a six-year-long civil war.

Russia is a steadfast ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Moscow has sent air support and military advisers to fight alongside Syrian government troops against armed rebels and other opponents. Moscow says it's fighting a war on terrorism.

The HNC said in a statement it would "not...