Russia’s Syria talks end with plan to draft new constitution

Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army drive towards the border with Syria, in the outskirts of the border town of Kilis, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Turkey launched a military offensive against Afrin on Jan. 20 to drive out the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which is says are an extension of the outlawed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

MOSCOW — A Russia-hosted Syrian peace conference ended Tuesday with a plan to draft a new constitution as part of efforts to end the nearly seven-year civil war, but key opposition and rebel groups boycotted the gathering and it remained unclear if they would join the process.