U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday the plan to envelope Raqqa, the main stronghold of Daesh terrorist group in Syria, would take place soon with the forces available and that talks continued with Turkey on the role it could play "further down the road."
"We intend to go there soon with the force that is capable of doing that and enveloping the city of Raqqa ... the final seizure of Raqqa, we continue to talk to Turkey about that and a possible role for Turkey in that further down the road," Carter said at a press conference.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık previously said that Ankara demands the U.S. change its stance on the inclusion of the PKK's Syrian wing, the YPG in the Raqqa operation. His comments came after the top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday YPG terrorists would be included as a part of the force to isolate Raqqa.
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