McClatchy News Service reports that President Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, approached then president-elect Donald Trump for his approval to retake the city of Raqqa since President Trump’s inauguration would be in ten days time.
Ms. Rice, however, advised that this assault would be in conjunction with the assistance of Syrian Kurdish troops. Mike Flynn, who had not registered as a foreign agent yet, advised the Trump administration to reject Ms. Rice’s calls for military action against Raqqa, resulting in the operation’s delay for months.
The Turkish government is suspicious of involving Syrian Kurdish forces (‘YPG’) in the U.S. fight against ISIS. Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers Party(‘The PKK’).