US and Turkey finalise technical details for air campaign against ISIL


The US and Turkey have finalised technical details for the latter's participation in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook has revealed.

Turkey recently agreed to join the coalition that supports combined joint task force-operation, Inherent Resolve.

According to Cook, the latest development of full integration into the coalition's air tasking order tracks, coordinates and de-conflicts all coalition air operations.

"Turkey's a Nato ally, a close friend of the United States and an important partner in the international coalition against ISIL."

Cook said: "Turkey's a Nato ally, a close friend of the United States and an important partner in the international coalition against ISIL.

"Turkey's already allowing the use of Turkish bases for U.S. strike and supporting aircraft."

He also added that implementing the technical orders at the operational level could take a few days.

Following Turkey's decision to join the coalition, the US Air Force (USAF) deployed six F-16 Fighting Falcons multirole jet fighters and 300 personnel to Turkey earlier this month.

The Pentagon also sent support equipment to Incirlik to strengthen the fight against ISIL militants. The detachment was from the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

In addition, the US also carried out a strike against ISIL-controlled northern Syria using an armed drone from Incirlik air base.

Incirlik, which is one of the key Turkish air bases located outside the city of Adana, is about 90 miles from the Syrian border and ISIL strongholds in Syria.