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Turkey, US sound out joint attack plan on IS

US President Obama and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan met on the sidelines of the G20 meeting to discuss ways to beat IS. (File photo) Photograph: (Getty)

WION Istanbul, Turkey Sep 07, 2016, 08.31 PM (IST)

Turkey doesn't mind joining forces with the United States to defeat Islamic State in Syria, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. 

Erdogan said they would do "what is necessary" to expel IS from its de facto capital city of Raqqa in North Syria.

Erdogan said US President Obama and he met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China to discuss how to beat the IS.

"I said 'our soldiers should come together and discuss, then what is necessary will be done'," Erdogan told the Hurriyet Daily.

"Obama wants to do something together especially on the issue of Raqqa," he said. "I said there would be no problem from our perspective."

Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said though the both countries favoured a joint operation, no decision has been made yet. "As of now, talks between (the two) militaries are continuing," he said.

Raqqa has been an ugly crucible in the Syrian war, with IS militants taking control of the city in January 2014. The jihadists then made the city its headquarters. 

The joint operation plan comes a few days after Turkey launched an offensive dubbed Euphrates Shield against IS in North Syria.

The Turkish forces and Ankara-backed rebel forces have succeeded in ousting the jihadists from the region.

The Turkish operation though came in for criticism as it attacked Kurdish forces who they view as terrorists.

Jarablus was the first town to be retaken on the first day of the operation. Turkey has promised to provide electricity and water to the wartorn town. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)






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