While the military operation to sweep the ISIS terrorists from the Iraqi city of Mosul is continuing, the preparation for the release of Raqqah - the terrorist capital - is underway, US Defense Secretary Peter Cook said at the briefing, stressing that the operation in Rakkah can begin in the next few weeks.
The offensive against ISIS will be carried out by international coalition under leadership of the US:
“We believe that now is the time to put pressure on ISIS in this direction. The primary task is to isolate the city and then move on to the next stage - the liberation of Raqqah.
Peter Cook has assured that the operation in Mosul will not stop on the background of the beginning of the offensive on Raqqah.
Racca is the main concentration of ISIS militants. The Syrian city with about 400 thousand inhabitants has become the de facto capital of the "Islamic state." The terrorists recruited all the local men and boys from the age of 14 to serve in the local "Islamic police."