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Syrian army prepares to take Raqqa – Moscow sources

Monday, February 20, 2017 3:09
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 20, 2017, 12:07 PM (IDT)

The Syrian army is getting set for a general offensive to capture Raqqa, ISIS’ main stronghold in the country, according to military sources in Moscow. Bashar Assad is in a race for his troops to get there before the Turkish military, which has occupied part of northern Syria, jumps in first. Those sources stress that its conquest of Raqqa would give Turkey control of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, virtually partitioning the country into segments.

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