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The Wall Street Journal: U.S., Russia reach deal on Syria cease-fire

GENEVA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on

Saturday agreed on a cease-fire for Syria that, if implemented, would include joint military targeting by the two nations against Islamist militant groups.

Kerry, speaking to reporters after on-and-off talks with his Russian counterpart that began Friday morning and stretched past midnight, said the deal reached by the U.S. and Russia aims to reduce violence and eventually move toward a political transition. But signs of a divide within the administration over the wisdom of the deal began to emerge, with skepticism at the Pentagon over whether to trust the Russians and enter any military partnership with them on the battlefield.

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