Anti-ISIL coalition preparing broad air operation: Report
AA photoCoalition forces fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group are preparing for a wide-scale aerial operation in Syria, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported.
A number of Turkish and American fighter jets in southern Adana’s İncirlik Air Base were preparing for a “wide-scale operation” by next month, with a “boots on the ground” option set aside by the security sources in Ankara.
The coalition’s air operation could be an intensive one which lasts for days, the report added.
The aim of the operation was also to cleanse the Jarabulus, Azaz and Mare lines in northern Syria.
The U.S. Air Force’s F-15 jets, which arrived in İncirlik on Nov. 6, meanwhile would not secure Turkish airspace as previously reported, with an objective instead of securing coalition jets from possible attacks coming from Syria and Russia.
In addition, the opposition Turkmens and Arab forces in Syria will continue to work on the ground while Turkish troops will stand by on the border. Moreover, the option of a Turkish operation would only be discussed if Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces in northern Syria pass to the western banks of the Euphrates, the report said.
Jets in İncirlik:
- 6 F-15C fighter jets
- 12 KC-135 tanker aircrafts
- 11 MQ-1 predators
- 12 A-10 bomber aircrafts
- 14 Turkish F-16 fighter jets