Turkish planes hit Daesh in Syria with coalition for first time

Turkish planes hit Daesh in Syria with coalition for first time
A Turkish Air Force F-4E fighter flies over a minaret after taking off from Incirlik air base in Adana.

Ankara - Turkish foreign ministry said its fighter planes started joint operations against Daesh targets along with the coalition jets.

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Published: Sat 29 Aug 2015, 6:01 PM

Last updated: Sat 29 Aug 2015, 8:07 PM

Turkish planes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Daesh positions in Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Saturday.
"Our fighter planes ... along with planes from the coalition yesterday evening began joint operations against targets which pose a threat to the security of our country," it said in a statement.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter last week called on Turkey to play a full part in the US-led air campaign against the Daesh group and take better control of its border with Syria.
He said Ankara had agreed in principle to join the anti-Daesh coalition but should add its own warplanes to the "air tasking order," the military structure coordinating strikes.
"They need to join the ATO (Air Tasking Order) and they need to work more on controlling their border. And we've made that clear," he said.
"Their leadership has indicated that this needs to be done. It's overdue, because it's a year into the campaign, but they're indicating some considerable effort now."
Turkey agreed last month to step up its involvement in the war raging across its southern border in Syria and to allow US planes to launch strikes from a Turkish base.
But its involvement in the battle against the Daesh group had been limited and it appeared to be concentrating on its recently revived war with Kurdish separatist militants.

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