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Turkey and U.S. could cooperate to capture Raqqa

Turkey and U.S. could cooperate to capture RaqqaTurkey is willing to join the U.S. in an effort to capture an Islamic State stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published on Wednesday.

The idea of cooperation over Raqqa seizing was sounded by Barack Obama capture during talks between the two leaders at a G20 summit in Chin, Turkey's Hurriyet daily reported.

"Obama wants to do some things together concerning Raqqa in particular," Erdogan told reporters, referring to Islamic State's de facto capital. He was speaking after meetings in China with Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.

"We stated that would not be a problem from our perspective. We said, 'Let our soldiers come together, whatever is necessary will be done'," the Turkish president said, adding that a specific Turkish role would depend on further talks.

Turkey and its rebel allies now control a 90-km stretch of land on the Syrian side of the border and are pushing south.

"We do not have the chance to take a backward step. If we take a backward step terror groups like Daesh, PKK, PYD and YPG will settle there," Erdogan said, according to Hurriyet.
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