Russia, US divided on Syria as Brahimi heads to Cairo
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Russia and the United States' differences on the Syrian conflict were laid bare on Sunday as Mr Lakhdar Brahimi headed to Cairo for talks with Arab leaders on his first visit to the region as peace envoy.
Government forces meanwhile bombarded rebel positions in Aleppo, destroying a crucial water pipeline in Syria's second city after a day of fierce clashes with rebels.
Mr Brahimi, who last week described the Syrian bloodshed as "staggering" and the destruction "catastrophic", was on his way to the Middle East for the first time since taking up his role as the UN-Arab League envoy.
The veteran troubleshooter took over from Kofi Annan, the former UN chief who quit the post in early August complaining of "continuous finger-pointing and name-calling" at the UN Security Council.