Confusion over cease-fire as US walks back Kerry comments

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are about to shake hands at the conclusion of a joint press conference following their meeting to discuss the crisis in Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion reigned Monday over Syria’s new cease-fire as Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and Russia could permit President Bashar Assad’s government to launch new airstrikes against al-Qaida-linked militants. The State Department quickly reversed itself.

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