Turkey says it’s ready to capture Syria’s Raqqa from ISIS

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After launching an incursion into northern Syria last month with the stated aims of clearing ISIS from its border and preventing a Kurdish ‘corridor’ that would link both Kurdish cantons, Turkey now says it’s ready to capture ISIS stronghold Raqqa from the terrorist group.

According to Turkish Presidential sources, US President Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action with Turkey to capture the stronghold from ISIS, with no objection from Erdogan.

Turkey says it's ready to capture Syria's Raqqa from ISIS
Turkish Army and Turkish-backed rebels (Green), Kurdish YPG and SDF (Yellow), ISIS (Black)

Ankara now wants international support for an operation to take control of a rectangle of territory stretching about 40 km into Syria, creating a buffer between two Kurdish-held cantons to the east and west and against Islamic State to the south.

Speaking to reporters on his plane back from the G20 summit in China on Monday, Erdogan said Turkey’s military was ready to join any offensive on Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital.