The US Air Force’s first detachment of six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons has arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to fight the so-called Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
The six aircraft come from the USAF’s 31st Fighter Wing, permanently based at Aviano in Italy. But since the Americans dispatched a rather large support group of 300 personnel (including the pilots) we believe more aircraft will arrive soon.
After stalling for more than a year the Turkish government gave the go-ahead for international military assets to operate from its soil as part of Operation Inherent Resolve (the fight against ISIS). Ankara changed its mind after ISIS killed Turkish military personnel. Even the Turkish Air Force has engaged ISIS targets, with the Turks taking on locations of the Kurdish PKK forces in Northern Iraq at the same time as well.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A heavily armed Aviano F-16 taking off (Image © Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman / US Air Force)