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Erdogan: Turkey, US Ready to Cooperate over Daesh-Held Raqqa
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Washington and Ankara are ready to work together to push Daesh terrorists out of their self-declared Syrian capital of Raqqa, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published Wednesday.
Erdogan said he had agreed with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China to do "what is necessary" to drive Daesh out of Raqqa.
"Raqqa is the most important center of Daesh," Erdogan told Turkish journalists onboard his plane as he returned from China.
"Obama wants to do something together especially on the issue of Raqqa," he said. "I said there would be no problem from our perspective."
"I said 'our soldiers should come together and discuss, then what is necessary will be done'," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet daily.
Without giving further details, he said: "What can be done will become clear after the discussions."
Raqqa, which lies on the Euphrates River, was first taken by Takfiris in 2013 with Daesh declaring the city its capital in 2014. Ousting Daesh from the city would be a turning point in the conflict.
His comments came two weeks after Turkey launched an ambitious operation inside Syria, sending tanks and Special Forces to back up terrorists there.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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