Turkey says US planes en route to its airbases, massive strike on ISIS to be launched

Diplomats familiar with the plans say cutting off Islamic State's access to the border, over which foreign fighters and supplies have flowed, could be a game-changer.

By REUTERS
August 5, 2015 11:57
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Turkish F-16 fighter jet. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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ISTANBUL - US aircraft and drones are arriving in Turkish air bases and a comprehensive battle against Islamic State militants will be launched soon, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Turkey formally approved the use of its air bases by US and coalition aircraft late last month, a major change in policy after years of reluctance in taking a front-line role against the Islamist fighters in northern Syria.

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"As part of our agreement with the US we have made progress regarding the opening up of our bases, particularly Incirlik," Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT, referring to a major air base near the southern city of Adana.

"We're seeing that manned and unmanned American planes are arriving and soon we will launch a comprehensive battle against Islamic State all together," he said during a trip to Malaysia.

Turkey and the United States have been working on plans to provide air cover for a group of US-trained Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of northern Syria stretching about 80 km (50 miles) along the Turkish border.

Diplomats familiar with the plans say cutting off Islamic State's access to the border, over which foreign fighters and supplies have flowed, could be a game-changer in the fight against the insurgents.

But there are major challenges.



Washington said on Tuesday it had indications some of the rebels trained by its military were captured by fighters from al-Qaida's Syria wing, Nusra Front, underscoring the vulnerability of a group thought to number less than 60 who only deployed to the battlefield in recent weeks.

Islamic State has seized large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq in its drive to create an Islamic caliphate.



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