U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Oct. 28, 2016. Carter is continuing to talk with Turkey about a bid to take Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State stronghold.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, MISSOURI — The United States is continuing to talk with ally Turkey on the role it will play in the operation to seize the city of Raqqa, Islamic State's main stronghold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday.
Carter's comments, made during a news conference, come days after Turkey said it wants the Raqqa operation to start after Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations have been completed.
"We'll continue to talk with Turkey about its role in the eventual seizure of Raqqa, but we're proceeding now with the operation according to our plan," Carter said.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 3, 2016
Syria's U.S.-backed SDF says no to Turkish role in Raqqa operation -- Reuters
U.S. discussing anti-Islamic State Raqqa offensive with Turkey -- UPI
For US Military, Mosul is Familiar Territory -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes
Russian Portfolio of Arms Orders Tops $45Bln -- Sputnik
China still tops lists of Russian arms importers — official -- TASS
China's Air Force Unveils Its Pride and Joy -- Lowy Interpreter
Russia Just Got the Tools to 'Blind' Nosey NATO Reconnaissance Planes in Syria -- Sputnik
The Russian Nuclear Weapons Buildup and the Future of the New START Treaty -- Mark B. Schneider, RCD
Head of Russian Navy Starts Official Visit to China -- Sputnik
Russia and NATO Hold Dual Drills 150 Miles Apart in Balkans -- NBC
Moscow Waiting for Response From NATO on Initiatives to Resume Cooperation -- Sputnik
Russia’s Ramping Up for War Where Nobody’s Looking: The Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden and Finland fear greater likelihood of conflict with Putin. -- US News and World Report
NATO and government forces are increasingly responsible for Afghan civilian deaths -- Washington POst
NATO: Montenegro Membership Certain Despite Russia Objection -- VOA
Canada Widens the Aperture in Search Of New Warships -- Defense News
Superior in Every Way: Why Vietnam Wants Russia's 'Dolphin' Rescue Ship -- Sputnik
U.S. naval base in Japan briefly in lockdown amid reports of gunshots -- Reuters
US Military to Stay in Pacific Despite Public Opposition in Manila -- Military.com
Two Operational F-35s Flying Again After Undergoing Insulation Fix -- Defense News
Pentagon Moves Forward — Unilaterally — on $6.1B Contract for Ninth F-35 Lot -- Defense News
Lockheed ‘Disappointed’ by Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Contract -- DoD Buzz
Lockheed wins $6bn F-35 fighter jet deal – and it is not happy -- The National
F-35s Practice Vertical Landings on a Marine Corps Assault Ship -- Popular Mechanics
Navy Accelerates New Active Seeker Attack Tomahawk - Scout Warrior
Problems with USS Ford's MTGs will push delivery date into 2017 -- IHS Jane`s 360
US Army Officially Opens Bids for New Landing Ship -- Defense News
Survey: About 80 percent of airmen satisfied with Air Force, their jobs -- Air Force Tiems
Army Debuts Strategy to Counter Drone Threats -- Defense News
Pentagon chief draws fire over 'dangerous' plan to relax military recruiting standards -- Military Times
Upcoming War Funding Request Could Roil Lame Duck Session -- AP
Trump Will Fire Up Military Stocks -- Matthew Rocco, FOX News
Offsetting Air Superiority With USAF Special Operations -- Mike Benitez, et al., War on the Rocks