Turkish Warplanes Participate in Anti-ISIS Flights Over Syria

Rare involvement seen as show of support for US operation

Even though President Trump has been very clear about ISIS having been defeated, a US-led anti-ISIS coalition continues to carry out overflights over Syria, and on Monday had rare company in the form of a pair of Turkish F-16 jets.

Turkey is one of 68 nations in the coalition, but has rarely participated so directly in the overflights, generally focusing its support on providing access to Turkish air fields to launch operations from.

Turkey’s presence in the flight is, according to officials, a show of support for the US-led operations, at a key time when US and Turkey officials are disagreeing over the rate of establishing a “safe zone” in the far north of Syria.

Turkish officials say that the F-16s were present for two hours on Monday, and declined to say what, if anything, they did beyond flying with the rest of the fleet. There were no reports of airstrikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.