US airforce F-16 warplanes lining to take off from the Incirlik Airbase. File photo
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QAMISHLI – An attempted coup in Turkey interrupted operations at a U.S. joint air base in Incirlik, but the Pentagon on Sunday said that air operations against ISIS now resume from Turkish airspace.
“After close coordination with our Turkish allies, counter-ISIS coalition air operations in Turkey have resumed,” Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said on Sunday.
The Turkish government closed its airspace to military aircraft after the failed military coup Friday, and as a result air operations from the Incirlik Air Base were halted.
Moreover, the Turkish government sealed off the airbase, and cut the power. On Sunday, the Turkish commander of the base and several soldiers were arrested.
This raised fears that the failed military coup could hamper operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, while fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are besieging the last ISIS positions in the city of Manbij on border with Turkey.
The US-led coalition said that its airforces on Saturday launched seven strikes on ISIS headquarters near Manbij, hitting five separate ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine ISIS fighting positions, an ISIS tactical vehicle and a house ISIS had rigged with explosives.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News