Syria: US, Turkey plan assault on ISIS

obama-erdoganTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday disclosed that he and the United States are ready to drive ISIS from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

Erdogan said US counterpart Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action against the militants when they met at the G20 summit in China.

“Turkey will have no problem with such action,” Erdogan said.

Last month Turkey launched an operation inside Syria, targeting both ISIS and Kurdish rebels.

Turkish-backed militia drove ISIS from the border town of Jarablus, but Turkey has also been concerned with checking the advance of Kurdish forces that it regarded as terrorists.

The offensive continues, and Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said Turkish forces might push deeper into Syria after securing a stretch of land along the border.

Canikli also said 110 Islamic State and Kurdish militia fighters had been killed since the operation began.

Russia, who is allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it was deeply concerned by the Turkish advance.

Erdogan’s comments on Raqqa were published in Turkish media, but there has been no confirmation from the US. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES: News Now / National Mirror Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.