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Unable to Stop Syria’s War, US Offers Russia New Partnership

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The Associated Press

By Bradley Klapper

MOSCOW — Jul 14, 2016, 3:50 PM ET

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, welcomes U.S Secretary of State John Kerry on the Champs Elysees avenue before the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo, Thibault Camus, Pool)

The United States on Thursday offered Russia a broad new military partnership in Syria, hoping the attraction of a unified campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida — and a Russian commitment to ground Syria’s bombers — could end five years of civil war. The deal, if finalized, could dramatically alter America’s role in the conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to present the new ideas to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Thursday. The eight-page proposal, a copy of which The Washington Post published, shows the U.S. offering intelligence and targeting sharing, and even joint bombing…

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