Kurdish Forces to Lead Raqqa Offensive Without Turkey

Kurdish Forces to Lead Raqqa Offensive Without Turkey
Fri Nov 4, 2016 09:59:17

The Kurdish-led "Syrian Democratic Forces" announced on Thursday their plan to liberate the strategic city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS and DAESH).

However, the SDF's Spokesperson, Talal Sello, asserted that his forces do not plan on coordinating with the Turkish Army to liberate the city.

“The topic of Turkey’s participation was settled with the (US-led anti-IS) coalition definitively. No Turkish participation,” he said.

Turkey is conducting their own offensive in northern Aleppo that targets both the Islamic State and Kurdish forces, leaving the latter at odds with Ankara.

“We are ready. We have the sufficient numbers for this campaign and we will start it soon,” Sello told AFP, without specifying a timetable.

“The topic of Turkey’s participation was settled with the (US-led anti-IS) coalition definitively. No Turkish participation,” he added.

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