Plans Made to Recapture Mosul

The US official said, “the conversation in the region has ebbed and flowed between ‘You have to get [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad as a precondition to dealing with this extremist problem, and this extremist problem is now such a threat that all of us need to deal with it urgently,” and worry about ousting Assad later.

The IS capture of al-Rutba has given the terrorist group “a direct shot to the Saudi border and the Jordanian border,” the official said, while the Iraqi-Syrian border at al-Qaim is “basically gone. … This is a tremendous threat to everybody, and it is really sharpening the minds.” Asked if the United States had directly discussed the IS threat with the Syrian regime, the US official said “not that I’m aware of.”

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