US seeks Turkish backing for Kurdish-led operation in Raqqa

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Senior military officials meet in Ankara after Turkey expressed alarm at Kurdish role in move to retake Isis stronghold

Senior US military officials have met their Turkish counterparts in Ankara to seek approval for the launch of a largely Kurdish-led move to isolate Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

An alliance of Kurdish and Arab armed groups – the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – announced on Sunday that the isolation of Raqqa had started as part of a pincer movement designed to defeat Isis not just in Raqqa, but in Mosul, the second city of Iraq.

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