Saudi Arabia confirms will send deployment to Turkey base
February 14 2016 10:34 AM
Incirlik air base
Saudi had carried out inspections at Incirlik air base in preparation to sending aircraft, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.


Saudi Arabia confirmed late on Saturday it would send aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants.

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri told pan-Arab Al Arabiya television that the kingdom was committed to stepping up the fighting against Islamic State and that the move was part of those efforts.

Saudi Arabia has resumed its participation in air strikes against Islamic State in recent weeks and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday welcomed its commitment to expand its role.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Yeni Safak newspaper on Saturday that Saudi had carried out inspections at the air base in preparation to sending aircraft.  

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