The United States and Turkey are mulling a joint operation to attack the Syrian city of Raqqah, but they have differences about using Kurdish forces in the battle. Given the fact that the American and Turkish forces do not have any permission from the Syrian government to be present in the Arab country or even carry out any military operation there, the future of Raqqah after such a liberation by the US and Turkey is a question that Press TV has put to two panelists.
A senior Iranian official says the liberation of the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo from the grips of foreign-backed militants once again indicated the failure of the policy pursued by the West and its regional allies in supporting terrorism.
The Syrian military has wrested full control of the militant-held eastern Aleppo, scoring a major victory against terrorists in the strategic northwestern city. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants have laid down arms in Aleppo, and almost 6,000 civilians have left militant-held districts. Under a ceasefire deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey, armed groups are granted free passage to leave the city along with civilians.
Syrian forces are on the brink of winning eastern Aleppo. Almost half of the region has already been freed from the clutch of terrorists and is under the army’s control. Many observers believe that terrorist outfits will be reined in once eastern Aleppo is reclaimed completely, unless the US and its regional allies want to continue their incendiary measures. In this episode of The Debate, Press TV has spoken to James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst from Washington, and Jim Walsh, with MIT's Security Studies Program from Boston, to revisit the Syrian army’s latest advancements in Aleppo and see how this might change Washington's approach.