The United States-led coalition has conducted its first air strike against ISIS targets into northern Syria with an armed drone launched from a military base in Turkey, a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed.
Laura Seal, U.S. Defence Department Spokesperson, said that the mission was part of the Operation Inherent Resolve and included in daily strike updates on United States Central Command website. She said, “This follows Turkey’s decision to grant clearance for the deployment of U.S. aircraft participating in air operations against ISIL. By basing aircraft in Turkey, the Coalition now has another strategic location from which it can conduct strikes if and when necessary.”
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS will soon start an extensive campaign against the extremist group, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Anadolu news agency on Wednesday. Speaking in Kuala Lumpur after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Cavusoglu said that the US has started sending aircraft to a Turkish military base near the border with Syria. “And soon we will all together start an extensive fight against Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Turkey launched airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria for the first time on 20th July. Ankara also allowed the US to use the Incirlik airbase to carry out airstrikes against the group, shortening the flight time of airstrikes usually carried out from bases in the Gulf.
Turkey simultaneously launched airstrikes against the PKK terrorists at the end of July.
The US has been carrying out aerial attacks against ISIS since September 2014.