Turkey Allows Resumption of Missions by American Warplanes From Incirlik Air Bas

Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey, last year. (PHOTO CREDIT: Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images)
Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey, last year. (PHOTO CREDIT: Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images)

Missions by American warplanes flown from the Incirlik air base in Turkey against Islamic State targets will resume following a temporary shutdown in the hours after the failed coup, Defense Department officials announced Sunday.

“After close coordination with our Turkish allies, they have reopened their airspace to military aircraft,” Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement. He said American-led operations against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, “at all air bases in Turkey have resumed.”

The Turkish authorities had closed their airspace, halting American missions against the Islamic State flying from Incirlik, which had raised concerns — at least temporarily — that the coup attempt would hamper the broader allied campaign against the terrorist group.

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SOURCE: NY Times