Turkey to join U.S.-led comprehensive military operations against ISIS: Turkish FM

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Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Turkish Foreign Ministry revealed on Wednesday that Turkish fighter jets are prepared to join a U.S.-led “intensive military campaign” against Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the coming days. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a press statement on Wednesday that American fighter jets and drones will arrive soon to the Turkish air bases and that an anti-IS comprehensive military operations will be launched soon with a large Turkish participation. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced two weeks ago that he has reached an agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama on the use of Turkish air base of Incirlik by the coalition’s fighter jets in its war against IS group, and that Obama expressed his understanding for Turkey’s concerns with regard to the security of its borderline with Syria. 

“As part of our agreement with the U.S., we have made progress regarding the opening of our bases for the coalition, particularly Incirlik,” Cavusoglu told reporters on Wednesday.

“American warplanes and drones started arriving to Turkey, and soon we will launch a comprehensive battle against Islamic State,” he added.

Turkey has already conducted several airstrikes on IS locations in Syria last week, following eruption of clashes between Turkish security forces and IS militants near the border with Syria, where a number of Turkish forces were killed, including an officer. 

Turkish warplanes have also conducted attacks against targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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