SDF: We are ready to take Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has declared it is ready to take the Islamic State’s (IS) Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, with fighters increasingly joining the Kurdish-Arab fighting force.

SDF spokesperson Jihan Sheikh Ahmed said, “our fighting force is growing by the day with many fighters joining from the region. With the support of the [US-led anti-ISIS] coalition, we are ready to take Raqqa as soon as possible”.

Ahmed reiterated that they were against Turkey participating in the prospective operation.