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Turkey wants to be alone without the Kurds participating in attack on Raqqa

Turkey wants to be alone without the Kurds participating in attack on Raqqa

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Turkey is prepared to take part in an attack on Raqqa, the unofficial capital of Islamic State in Syria, but not Kurdish fighters participate in a such offensive.

A spokesman for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Thursday. He also says that you are currently speaking with partners of the international coalition against IS, but that Ankara, on the same conditions hold as in earlier attacks on IS strongholds, such as Manbij, and Jarablus.

“For us it is excluded to participate in an operation in which the PYD and YPG are present.” Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish YPG as an extension of the Turkish-Kurdish PKK.

Turkey sees this latter group as a terrorist organization. The PYD is the political wing of the YPG.

“In principle, we support the intention to Raqqa and other Syrian cities to purify of Daesh, but as we have said before we have principles and terms and conditions in this area.” Daesh is the Arabic name for IS.

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