Raqqa offensive should start after end of Mosul

Raqqa offensive should start after end of Mosul
Date: 1.11.2016 14:42

The operation to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) should start after operations to retake Mosul from jihadists and Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation end, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Monday

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“Turkey’s idea on a Raqqa operation is clear. We are for [an operation] in Raqqa to be made consisting of the people of Raqqa. It is our opinion that it will be the correct thing to conduct [the Raqqa operation] – both militarily and strategically – after the Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations end” he said.
Kurtulmuş made the comments after a cabinet meeting that was convened under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at his palace in Ankara. 
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Oct. 25 that an attack on Raqqa would start while the battle of Mosul in neighboring Iraq was still unfolding.
Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters started the offensive on Iraq’s Mosul on Oct. 17, with air and ground support from the U.S.-led coalition against the hardline Sunni group of IS.


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