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Jarmes R. Clapper

Officials: US, Russia to seek Syria deal in Geneva next week

The United States and Russia will try again to stop Syria's civil war and forge a new counterterrorism partnership when their top diplomats meet next week in Geneva, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will gather on Aug. 26, with the talks possibly lasting for two days. At the meeting, officials said, the sides will try to secure a cease-fire between Syria's government and rebels and a new U.S.-Russian arrangement to share intelligence and coordinate military to defeat the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

The diplomacy comes amid fierce fighting in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, and new Russian bombing...

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