Terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) is preparing for what will be besieged raqqa, and has declared a state of emergency in the city, CNN reported, citing U.S. Colonel Stephen Warren, the official representative of the US coalition against ISIS.
According to him, data obtained from social networks and news reports. “We saw the Declaration of state of emergency in raqqa, whatever that meant,” said he, adding that “the enemy feels threatened, as he should.”
According to him, programmirovanie ISIS forces around the city and inside it and is trying to strengthen “certain areas” to “protect potential targets of air strikes and ground attacks.
CNN, citing multiple officials notes that “the working assumption” is that the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in raqqa. However, official confirmation of this information, and the United States continue monitoring intelligence, which may indicate that he is in a different place. “Baghdadi is still very careful [of their safety],” — noted in a conversation with CNN Pentagon spokesman.
The liberation of ancient Palmyra, which occurred with the active support of the Russian group in Syria, has opened the way for the offensive on Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqa, which the Islamists called the capital of the Caliphate.
Sanglay informed the foreign Ministry of Russia Oleg Syromolotov said that the military agencies of Russia and the United States to discuss the coordination of actions for the liberation of Raqqa. Spoke of willingness to coordinate action with the Americans and the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. “We are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans, because raqqa is the Eastern part of Syria, and there is active mostly American coalition,” he said.
In late March a senior representative of the US administration, however, ruled Russia jointly with the liberation of Raqqa. “In Syria, we remain focused on equipping and engaging the local forces who are motivated to fight against IG”, — he explained to “Interfax”.