Tillerson to visit Turkey

Washington

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Turkish officials in Ankara next week, in talks that could be vital to an advancing US-backed campaign to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, US officials said on Friday.
Turkey has been pressing the United States to drop its military alliance with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it considers part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party that has been fighting an insurgency for three decades in Turkey.
But US officials have long viewed Kurdish fighters as key to an approaching assault on Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital. It would work alongside Arab fighters in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.—Agencies

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