US to send A-10 bombers, F-15 jets to Turkey’s Incirlik base

Media reports say Obama administration will deploy A-10 Thunderbolt II bomber jets, F-15 Eagle fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

Photo by: AA
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10 Thunderbolt II planes, also known as "tank killers", seen at the Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey on October 22, 2015.

Updated Oct 31, 2015

Obama administration has decided to deploy A-10 Thunderbolt II bomber jets and F-15 Eagle fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, following the recent Russian military intervention in Syria.

Reuters on Oct. 30, reported on American military movements in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base close to the Syrian border, based on its anonymous sources in the US government.

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, based on a statement from a Pentagon official had previously reported that twelve A-10 Thunderbolt II bomber jets have been moved to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base on Oct. 20 “in support of Operation Inherent Resolve," replacing six F-16 fighter jets.

The Operation Inherent Resolve is the name of the US military operation against DAESH in Syria, and Iraq.

Russia has also said its intervention in Syria is justified on the grounds that it is fighting against DAESH.

Russian intervention into the Syrian conflict began with a bombing campaign on the side of the Assad regime on Sept. 30, targeting mostly Syrian opposition-held territories in the country, rather than DAESH terrorist organisation, the intervention has been strongly protested by US, Turkey and the NATO alliance.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that President Obama will also send a special operations unit with no less than 50 military advisers to Syria, according to a senior administration official.

Incirlik Air Base is located in the Turkish southern province of Adana and it has been used by US and NATO forces during various conflicts since 1958. The base is also located 100 km (60 miles) from the northwestern Syrian border.

Turkey reached a comprehensive agreement with the US government on July 23 to allow its Incirlik Air Base to be used by the US-led coalition forces for air strikes against ISIS, in order to execute a joint action plan for northern Syrian issues.

The agreement has been described as “a game changer” in the fight against ISIS at the time by US officials.

The A-10 Thunderbolt II bombers were particularly designed in order to provide close air support against targets including tanks, armoured vehicles, and various ground objects.

US military began using A-10s against ISIS targets in central and northwestern Iraq on an almost daily basis as of mid-November 2014, according to media accounts.

The aircraft was mainly developed on the grounds that US air forces were vulnerable against enemy ground fire in the form of small arms, surface-to-air missiles, and anti-aircraft gunfire which caused many losses to the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.

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