Turkish jets take part in U.S.-led strikes on ISIL

Turkish jets have joined in coalition strikes against ISIL

Turkish jets take part in U.S.-led strikes on ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish jets took part in U.S.-led coalition air strikes against ISIL in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

"Our jets started last night to carry out air operations with coalition forces against IS targets in Syria which pose a threat to our security too," a statement released on Saturday said.

The operation followed a technical agreement with the United States on Aug. 24 about Turkey's role in the campaign against the group who control large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Turkey last month agreed to open its strategically important air bases to the coalition, but has been reluctant to play a leading role in the fight against ISIL, fearing a backlash.

On July 24, Turkish warplanes attacked ISIL targets in Syria, but not as part of the coalition operation. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ağustos 2015, 16:38