Pentagon to make an advance against ISIS' "capital"
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Wednesday offensive to oust ISIS from its de facto capital will get underway within weeks, NBC.
"It starts in the next few weeks," he said, referring to the timeline for an assault led by Arab and Kurdish fighters on ISIS' Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. "That has long been our plan and we will be capable of resourcing both."
Carter added: "It's been long a part of our plan that the Mosul operation would kick off when it did. This was a plan that goes back many months now and that Raqqa would follow soon behind."