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Turkish plan to drive Islamic State from Raqqa under discussion - Erdogan spokesman
February 8, 2017 / 1:05 PM / 7 months ago

Turkish plan to drive Islamic State from Raqqa under discussion - Erdogan spokesman

An internally displaced Syrian woman who fled Raqqa city covers herself with a blanket while resting in northern Raqqa province, Syria February 6, 2017.Rodi Said

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has presented a detailed plan to drive Islamic State out of its Raqqa stronghold in northern Syria and discussions on the issue are underway, the spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Speaking to broadcaster NTV, Ibrahim Kalin said there had been better coordination with the U.S.-led coalition on air strikes in the last 10 days and Ankara's priority was to establish a safe zone between the Syrian towns of Azaz and Jarablus.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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