According to the US DoD, the first six of 12 US Air Force F-15C Eagle jet fighters arrived on Incirlik Air Base in Turkey this week to conduct combat air patrols in Turkish airspace at the request of its government.
The United States agreed last month to the Turkish government’s request for support to secure the sovereignty of its airspace, Cook said.
The US action reflects “both our commitment to ensure the safety of our NATO ally and our commitment to degrade and ultimately defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” he added.
The US Air Force will also soon deploy F-15E Strike Eagle jets to Incirlik as part of the coalition’s counter-ISIL operations, although their number and date of arrival are yet to be determined.
The US presence in Turkey includes US personnel recovery assets and manned and remotely piloted aircraft already conducting counter-IS missions from Incirlik.