Saudi jets arrive at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

Four Saudi fighter jets due to take part in air strikes against DAESH arrive in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

A military plane spotted in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base in an undated photo.

Updated Feb 27, 2016

Four Saudi Arabian fighter jets arrived in Turkey’s southern Incirlik Air Base on Friday, Turkey's Anadolu Agency has reported.

"As part of our mission (against DAESH), Saudi Arabian warplanes began to come to Incirlik airbase to strike against DAESH targets as of yesterday. Transportation will be completed in a couple of days. They began to arrive at Incirlik airbase. This is one of the concrete signs of our support for the international coalition against DAESH." Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin confirmed on Thursday.

The Saudi Air Force previously sent personnel and equipment to the airbase.

"The Saudi kingdom now has a presence at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey," Brigadier General Ahmed al Assiri was previously quoted as saying by Al Arabiya television in mid-February.

Incirlik Air Base is located in the southern Turkish province of Adana and it has been used by US and NATO forces in 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 the air base to be used by US-led coalition air forces for air strikes against DAESH as part of a joint action plan in northern Syria

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