Coalition drones take off from Turkey, hit ISIL’s bomb factory in Syria
The MQ-1 modelled drone took off from the İncirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana.
Two ISIL militants were killed as a result of the airstrike and many others were trapped in the building that was hit, according to Anadolu Agency.
Meanwhile, the Turkish army fired howitzers at ISIL positions in Syria and nine militants were killed as a result, after ISIL fired three rockets from Syria at Turkey’s southern border province of Kilis early May 1.
One rocket landed in a yard in the Beşevler neighborhood and the other hit a parking area near Cumhuriyet Street.
Seven injured people were taken to Kilis State Hospital.
Police have increased security measures in the region.
Turkey has been hit by a series of rocket attacks by ISIL from Syria since mid-January. In the Kilis province alone, 18 people have been killed and 60 others have been wounded from such attacks in recent weeks.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has recently demanded that the U.S. Army use its unmanned aerial vehicles loaded with Hellfire missiles more effectively against ISIL.
Ankara also demanded the deployment of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rocket launchers at Turkey’s Syria border, according to strategies suggested by Turkey.
According to Turkish sources, such moves would push ISIL militants southwards, leaving the border province of Kilis out of battery ranges.
The Foreign Ministry has also demanded raising awareness on the Kilis issue by increasing dialogue with the Department of State, as previous predator hits have missed ISIL targets.
There are currently four predators and 12 A-10 bomber aircrafts at the İncirlik Air Base.