Turkish jets take part in US-led coalition air strikes against IS in Syria

Turkish jets take part in US-led coalition air strikes against IS in Syria

Turkish jets take part in US-led coalition air strikes against IS in Syria

Written by Tharushan Fernando

30 Aug, 2015 | 6:02 pm

Turkish jets took part in U.S.-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time. Turkey agreed last month to open its strategically important air bases to the coalition, but has been reluctant to play a leading role in the fight against Islamic State, fearing a backlash.

Four Turkish jets separately hit Islamic State targets in Aleppo yesterday.

On July 24, Turkish warplanes carried out its first strike against Islamic State targets in Syria, but not as part of the coalition operation.

Commenting on the latest strikes, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook released a statement commending Turkey for its participation in coalition efforts to “degrade and ultimately defeat” Islamic State.

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