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beirut — the latest on developments following the u.s.-led airstrikes on syria (all times local):1 p.m.a key group of world and regional powers is meeting at the urgent request of russia to discuss the long-troubled cease-fire in syria in the wake of airstrikes by the west on syria.russia requested the meeting of the international syria support group's cease-fire task force after the airstrikes in syria over the weekend by the united states, france and britain. moscow, a key ally of syrian president bashar assad, has sharply criticized the strikes.britain, france and the united states say they took the military action following alleged use of chemical weapons by assad's forces on a rebel-held area northeast of damascus.the task force is hosted by the u.n. syria envoy's geneva office and is co-chaired by russia and the united states. participants of the task force rarely speak to the media.___12:50 p.m.nato's secretary general says the weekend's u.s.-led strikes will reduce the syrian government's capabilities of carrying out new chemical attacks.jens stoltenberg also says the strikes by the united states, france and britain were a "clear message" to syrian president bashar assad, to russia and iran that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable and that the allies would not stand by and watch.stoltenberg spoke in an interview with turkey's ntv television on monday. the tv broadcast his comments with turkish translations.the nato chief is turkey for talks with p...