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Israel airstrikes loom over US diplomacy in Syria

Kerry in Russia for talks with Assad’s key ally

WASHINGTON — Israel’s willingness to hit Syrian targets it sees as threats has complicated the Obama administration’s internal debate about arming President Bashar Assad’s foes and may change the way the United States approaches allies as it tries to boost the rebels, including with possible military aid.

As Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Russia on Monday for talks with the Assad regime’s most powerful ally, the administration remained tight-lipped on both Israel’s weekend airstrikes and their implications for Washington decision-making.

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