Mosul easier prospect than Raqa for coalition forces: spokesman

An Iraqi soldier holds a position on the frontline on the outskirts of Makhmur on March 30, 2016The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in Iraq and Syria is better prepared to retake the Iraqi city Mosul than Syria’s Raqa, a US military spokesman said Thursday. Iraq’s second city Mosul and Raqa, the IS group’s de facto Syrian capital, are the coalition’s top objectives. “The plan to liberate Raqa is not as developed as the plan to liberate Mosul,” coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said during a video news conference broadcast from Baghdad.

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