US airforce F-16 warplanes lining to take off from the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey. Photo: AFP.
Military Times: Turkey re-opens airspace for U.S. base, strikes against ISIS resume
Turkey has re-opened airspace for Incirlik Air Base, allowing the U.S. to resume airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
An MQ-1 Predator was the first aircraft to take off from Incirlik after the airspace was reopened, followed by a KC-135 tanker, said Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
The U.S. has both manned and unmanned aircraft at Incirlik, which is about 100 miles from the border with Syria, but operations had been halted there after Saturday’s attempted coup by elements of the Turkish military.
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Update: Turkey allows US to resume Syria and Iraq airstrikes from Incirlik airbase (The Guardian)
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