The US last weekend conducted its first drone strike missions out of Turkey, the Pentagon said Monday, and plans to conduct manned aircraft flights from Incirlik Air Base.
No airstrikes have been conducted yet, the Associated Press reported. The base will service to also conduct search and rescue operations along with military operations, Capt. Jeff Davis said.
The use of the base comes as the US expands its mission in Syria, providing rebels with air cover to defend the groups from al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. It’s the first time the US has conducted airstrikes against anyone other than Daesh (ISIS) in Syria, Davis said.