The Pentagon began talks on Turkey’s role during the assault on Raqqa – the “capital” of terrorists “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) in Syria, reports Reuters. This happens on the background of the assault troops for the main terrorists of the city in Iraq – Mosul.
The head of the us defense Secretary Ashton Carter said: “We intend soon to move there with forces that are capable of it, to surround Raqqa… and in the end to release her. We continue negotiations with Turkey on this issue, on the possible future role of the country in this.” (Citato RIA “Novosti”.
Previously, Carter said that the coalition led by the US intends to begin the operation to liberate Raqqa for “several weeks.”
As the Minister of defence of Turkey Fikri Işık on the results of the negotiations with Carter on Friday, in the course of this operation the US is ready to cooperate with Turkey. On Wednesday, Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that Turkey will not independently conduct an operation in the Syrian raqqa.
Rakka (al-Raqqah) – a city in Northern Syria, 160 km from Aleppo. The terrorists of ISIS control of Raqqa in the spring of 2013, they gradually took control of the entire province. In the summer of 2016, the Syrian army started to reconquer the territory of the province moving to the city.
Relations between the US and Turkey in the fight against extremists in Syria has been complicated by the fact that States have traditionally supported the Kurdish paramilitary forces – one of the key forces that oppose ISIS. Turkish authorities, however, believe the dangerous strengthening of the Kurdish groups in connection with the possible formation of a Kurdish autonomy right near the Turkish border in Northern Syria. In neighboring Iraq, the Kurds received the status of broad autonomy for the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The offensive in Mosul, considered the capital of ISIS in Iraq began on 17 October. However, last week the counter-terrorism and army units temporarily stopped fighting due to the advancing pace of progress in comparison with the forces on other fronts.