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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Turkey's İncirlik base poised to host anti-ISIL coalition aircraft, NO - Fly Zone promised by Obama 'Admin'?

Turkey's İncirlik base poised to host anti-ISIL coalition aircraft, NO - Fly Zone promised by Obama 'Admin'? (HD).

A key military air base in southern Turkey is expected to be opened to aircraft of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the Turkish and U.S. presidents conducted a phone call to finalize the deal.

The two sides agreed in principle about the use of the İncirlik base in Adana during talks on July 7-8.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed in a telephone call on July 22 to work together to “stem the flow of foreign fighters and secure Turkey’s border with Syria,” according a White House statement.

Before the conversation, a U.S. State Department official told daily Hürriyet that the İncirlik base was expected to open in early August to be used in the anti-ISIL fight.

He said they would not comment about drone operations, but added he could confirm the İncirlik base would be used by military aircraft of other coalition countries.

Hours before the White House statement, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said in press conference in Ankara on July 22 that Turkey “had agreed on certain topics to support the [anti-ISIL] coalition’s efforts during a recent meeting with the U.S. special representative.”

“There is a consensus, conciliation has been reached upon these conversations but I cannot fully express its nature. A unanimity of thought and action has been reached about the issue of joint operations in the future*. A related cabinet motion is now open for a signature,” he said.

The U.S. official speaking to Hürriyet stressed that the agreement “only covers the İncirlik base” issue, albeit hinting at a softening in Ankara’s earlier conditions to open the base.

When asked whether a buffer zone or no-fly zone inside Syria was still on the table, Arınç only said *Ankara still wished to see them realized. “Turkey is doing its part in the coalition to support it. However, in order to achieve a result, it also wants the realization of a no-fly zone, security zone and other elements,” he said. Hmmmm.....Expect Obama's BFF Erdogan to blow up the coalition talks, go for new elections while entering Syria. Read the full story here.

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