After a failed military coup in Turkey the anti-IS (so called Islamic State) coalition ceased operations from Turkish territory. Now they are resumed.
“After close coordination with our Turkish allies, they have reopened their airspace to military aircraft,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. He also added: “US facilities at Incirlik are still operating on internal power sources, but we hope to restore commercial power soon. Base operations have not been affected.”
The Incirlik facility is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) from the Syrian border and houses 1,500 US troops. The base has notably been used to deploy drones, Prowler electronic warplanes and A-10 ground attack aircraft in the fight against the IS group. The base have strategic meaning for both NATO and anti-IS coalition. Worth meaning is also that the US military has a total of around 2,200 service members and civilian employees in Turkey, which is a NATO member and a crucial regional partner for Washington.
Photo: A pair of USMC AV-8B/+ Harries is landing after performing strike mission on IS (www.defencetalk.com)
Source: Carter: Defense Ministers Agree On Next Steps In Counter-ISIL Fight, www.defencetalk.com
Author: Daniel Kasprzycki