US to send additional fighter jets to Turkey
The Pentagon had announced earlier in November it would send around 12 F-15 fighter jets to Turkey. (AFP/File)
Click here to add Pentagon as an alert
Disable alert for Pentagon,
Click here to add Peter Cook as an alert
Disable alert for Peter Cook,
Click here to add Royal Air Force as an alert
Disable alert for Royal Air Force,
Click here to add Turkish government as an alert
Disable alert for Turkish government
The US will deploy additional F-15E multi-role fighters to the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The Pentagon announced earlier this month that it would send about a dozen F-15 fighters to the air base.
Last Friday six F-15C air-to-air fighters from the Royal Air Force Lakenheath, arrived at the site.
Peter Cook said that the F-15C fighters will conduct combat air control and air patrols in Turkish airspace in response to Turkish government's request.
"We also announced that we will deploy additional F-15Es to Incirlik as part of our counter-ISIL operations," he said "Details on the number and the arrival timeframe of those aircraft are still being determined. We expect they will be arriving soon."
These F-15s will join a dozen A-10 warthog aircraft and Remotely Piloted Aircraft already conducting airstrikes against Daesh, joining Turkish F-16s targeting the militant group.
"Beyond air operations, we continue our dialogue with Turkey to evaluate option on the most effective means of countering ISIL, including along its borders, in a manner that promotes Turkey's security and regional stability," Cook said.