UK defence minister hopes for Raqa offensive in next few weeks

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Brussels (AFP)

British Defence Minister Michael Fallon on Wednesday said he hoped operations will begin shortly against the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in eastern Syria as anti-IS forces close in on its Iraqi bastion Mosul.

"We hope a similar operation will begin towards Raqa in the next few weeks," Fallon said as he arrived for a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.