Shortly after the fighters were deployed they came under attack by al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, the Nusra Front.
The U.S. conducted its first drone strike against the Islamic State out of the installation on Tuesday, the Pentagon said.
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“Qatar reiterated its full solidarity with the Republic of Turkey for its actions and measures to protect its borders and preservation of its security and stability”.
This mission was of great importance to the U.S., who have been attempting to provide defense from the air for a group of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels, and to push back IS militants over the 50 mile stretch of the border.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wait for a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 5, 2015.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier announced that Turkey was ready to begin a “comprehensive” fight against IS jihadists in Syria alongside the United States, after months of staying on the sidelines of the US-led coalition.
Ankara is waging a two-pronged bombing campaign against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels as well as IS militants, following a wave of violence inside Turkey.
Despite the bad start, the Pentagon insisted it remains committed to the training program, which is a linchpin of a strategy that depends on local ground forces taking advantage of American air strikes to recapture territory seized by ISIS.
Armed drones began flying out of Turkey at the weekend as a result of a new agreement between the coalition and the Turkish government.
The U.S. doesn’t have to formally notify Turkey before carrying out strikes from the base in Syria, Capt. Davis said.
But experts say the alliance is fraught with potential contradictions, including Turkey’s focus on targeting Kurdish forces and a US reluctance to ally with Islamist rebels.
“Iran and Russia’s contributions must be sought for a political solution in Syria”, he said. “Turkey has largely achieved its first goal in the struggle against ISIS, which was to push the ISIS elements away from the Turkish border”.
A US-led coalition has provided air support for Kurdish and rebel militia fighting IS since September 2014, but has not struck regime positions.
When asked if Syrians now going through the U.S. train-and-equip program were dropping out because of the incident, Davis said the number of trainees changes daily, but declined to give any specific figures.
In comments carried by Syrian state television on Wednesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said his country would support efforts to combat the Islamic State on Syrian soil provided they were coordinated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported.