On November 6, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of the military operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group with the assistance of the US-led coalition's airstrikes.
Turkey's President Erdogan has recently promised that the Turkish army will advance onward to the Syrian city of Raqqa to cleanse it from jihadists, which is the ultimate goal of his military operation in Syria. However, military experts note that it still remains to be seen how Ankara's ambitions play into the plans of Moscow and Washington.
Commenting on the recent promise of President Erdogan that the Turkish army will advance onward to the Syrian city of Raqqa to cleanse it from jihadists, Turkish retired Major General Ahmet Yavuz told Sputnik Turkiye that the de facto Daesh capital might become a quagmire for his country's forces; here is why.
The Syrian Kurds are capable of liberating the city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Daesh terrorist group, on their own without participation of Turkey, Representative to Russia of Northern Syria’s Rojava Kurdish region Rodi Osman told Sputnik.
The units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced to a position just five kilometers (3 miles) to the north-east from Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, sources in the SDF headquarters told Sputnik Saturday.
On Thursday, The Washington Post published a lengthy article on why Trump has turned down the Obama administration's plan for the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh, from terrorists. Russian defense analysts have explained why the new US president and his team made the call.
Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared 150 square kilometers during their advance to Raqqa.
Talks between the US-led coalition against Daesh with Turkey on the offensive to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa have been productive, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk said on Tuesday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have started a new phase of the offensive to recapture Raqqa from Daesh.
Turkey remains at loggerheads with the US-backed Syrian Kurds over the Raqqa offensive. Turkish retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk explained to Sputnik Turkiye that Ankara is worried that the Kurds will be too tempted to keep the city under their control and that the US will do nothing to prevent it.
Commenting on the recently announced offensive of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh militants, Renad Mansour, Iraq expert at Chatham House think tank, explained to Radio Sputnik the real reason for the much-publicized assault.
The decision of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to launch an operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa occupied by Daesh in cooperation with the US-led coalition is a strategic mistake for the Kurds' future, a Syrian lawmaker, who is also the head of the Syrian Kurds' National Initiative, said Tuesday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have already made progress since they launched the operation to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh, US Department of Defense spokesman Peter Cook said in a press briefing on Monday.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have begun to advance on Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, the commander of the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, said Monday.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched a large-scale operation to isolate and eventually free Raqqa, the so-called capital of Daesh's caliphate, on Sunday, with US and Turkish defense officials reaching an agreement on "a long-term plan for seizing, holding and governing" the embattled city.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) called on international and regional forces to support the operation to liberate the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group.
At the moment, Iraqi security forces, assisted by a United States-led coalition, and Kurdish fighters are currently focused on liberating Mosul, the last bastion of Daesh militants in Iraq. However, the coalition is already considering an offensive on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Daesh caliphate.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) rebel fighters have announced on Sunday the start of an offensive on Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa.
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