Syrian rebels supported by the Turkish military have advanced significantly in their battle for the Syrian town of al-Bab. According to a senior-level Turkish official, their next target is the ISIS stronghold of al-Raqqa. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army stated that it expects to have al-Raqqa “completely isolated” within the next few weeks.

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, which is controlled by ISIS. The battle for al-Bab has been going on for months. According to Turkey, 58 ISIS terrorists were eliminated in air strikes and artillery fire today (Wednesday) during the operation. Turkey added that four Turkish soldiers were killed and 15 more were wounded.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced today during a joint press conference alongside his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Ankara that his country’s next target in Syria is the city of al-Raqqa, the murderous terrorist organization’s most important stronghold in the country. Cavusoglu’s statement comes after U.S. President Donald Trump had his first phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart.

According to the White House readout of the conversation between the two leaders, Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about “the close, long-standing relationship between the United States and Turkey and their shared commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms.” Trump also “welcomed Turkey’s contributions to the counter-ISIS campaign.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army said the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS expects to have al-Raqqa “completely isolated” within the next few weeks.

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