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Leaked proposal: US offering Russia military pact in Syria

  • U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, top, looks down as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault kisses U.S ambassador to France Jane Hartley  on the Champs Elysees avenue before the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, top, looks down as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault kisses U.S ambassador to France Jane Hartley on the Champs Elysees avenue before the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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)

    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 Associated Press)

  • U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the Champs Elysees avenue before the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the Champs Elysees avenue before the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

A leaked proposal shows the U.S. offering Russia a new military pact against the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Syria.

The document published by The Washington Post calls for joint bombing operations, a command-and-control headquarters and other synchronized efforts.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss the proposal in Moscow later Thursday.

Such a partnership would undercut months of U.S. criticism of Russia's military intervention in Syria.

And it would put the U.S. alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's chief international backer, despite years of American demands for Assad to leave power.

Russia would be getting what it has wanted. Washington previously rebuffed such cooperation with Moscow, accusing the Russians of using anti-terrorism as a pretext to protect Assad.

U.S. officials say no agreement has yet been reached.