France asks Coalition to Launch Offensive to Surround Raqqa

Islamic State billboards are seen along a street in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State, October 29, 2014. The billboard (R) reads: "We will win despite the global coalition". REUTERS/Nour Fourat

PARIS, Nov 18 – France has asked a U.S.-led coalition to launch an offensive to surround the Daesh’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa in order to prevent movements of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Friday.

“There is no offensive yet, but forces are deployed there in a bid to surround Raqqa and to avoid a possible movement of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa,” Le Foll said, following a ministerial meeting.

“This is a strategic target, which is being put in place,” he added.

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