In the United States reported on the negotiations with Turkey on its participation in the liberation of Raqqa

Raqqa residents (archive photo)

Washington is negotiating with Ankara about its possible participation in the liberation of the Syrian city of raqqa. This was stated by the commander of the international operation against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG) in Iraq and Syria American Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, reports RIA Novosti.

Details of the negotiations are not reported.

The day before Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara after his release al-Baba can take part in the operation to liberate Raqqa from the militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) in case reach agreement with Moscow and Washington-led international coalition.

The President also noted that the next target of the Turkish army will be the liberation of the Syrian city of Manbij.

February 23 the Turkish General staff said that Turkish troops and detachments of the Syrian opposition took control of the Syrian town of al-Bab.

Turkey since the end of August last year conducting in Syria the operation “shield of the Euphrates”. Its main goal — the destruction in the neighboring territories of the militants and the liberation of the occupied settlements. Also before the military was tasked to oust from the border areas of the Kurdish militias and the creation in these territories of a security zone.