Yildirim: Ankara to respond if Raqqa operation presents threat

 Yildirim: Ankara to respond if Raqqa operation presents threat

Ankara will retaliate immediately if the operation by US-backed forces to capture Raqqa, ISIS's de facto capital in Syria, presents a threat to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Speaking to deputies from the ruling AK Party after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had launched their battle for Raqqa, Yildirim said Turkey was taking the necessary measures on the issue.

Yildirim again criticized the United States for launching the Raqqa offensive with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

"To support terror organizations does not suit (our) alliance. We will immediately give the necessary response if we come across a situation in Raqqa or any other point in the region that threatens our security," the AP cited him as saying.

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