Turkish air strikes hit ISIS targets in Syria

Turkish F-16 fighter jets depart from Diyarbakir Air Base hit ISIS targets on Syrian soil, Turkish Prime Minister’s Office announces

Photo by: TRT WORLD
Photo by: TRT WORLD

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish F-16 fighter jets hit three previously determined targets used by ISIS on Syrian soil, the Turkish prime minister’s office said.

The prime minister’s office issued a statement on Friday morning saying that three Turkish F-16 fighter jets departed from Turkey's 2nd Air Force Command, 8th Main Jet Base located in Diyarbakir targeting ISIS with four guided missiles.

“F-16 fighter jets departed fully loaded at 3:12am local time (0012 GMT) and safely returned to their base at 4:24am local time (0124 GMT),” statement continued.

The Turkish F-16 fighter jets did not violate Syrian airspace and fired their guided missiles from Turkish airspace to the ISIS targets on Syrian soil.

The operation was named after Yalcin Nane, a non-commissioned military officer who was killed on Thursday by ISIS militants.

Residents in Turkey’s Kilis province which is on  the Turkish-Syrian border reported that four very loud explosions had been heard.

A Turkish non-commissioned officer was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire from Syria in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis, Turkish officials reported on Thursday.

Gunfire opened from a region controlled by ISIS targeted the Turkish 5th Armoured Brigade Command, located around the Dag and Cobanbey border posts in the Elbeyli district of Kilis.

Following the incident, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) issued a statement saying that five ISIS militants attacked with heavy guns killing one non-commissioned officer and injuring two sergeants.

According to defence officials, Turkey on Thursday reached an agreement with the US to allow its strategic Incirlik air base to be used for air strikes against ISIS .

Turkish media reported that Turkey gave permission to provide the Incirlik air base as an air strike launching location.




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