With Tensions High, The US Has Regained Access To Key Turkish Air Base
The Incirlik air base, a key asset in the fight against ISIS, was temporarily shut down.By Ryan Biek | July 17, 2016
After temporarily closing its airspace, Turkey has allowed the U.S. to resume its operations at the Incirlik air base — a key asset in the fight against ISIS.
A Turkish air base commander was arrested Sunday in connection to a failed coup on Friday. Turkey closed its airspace to all military aircraft after the attack, and for a while it was unclear when the U.S. would regain access to its portion of the Incirlik air base.
The base has been a springboard for aerial attacks against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In May, an Air Force commander told The Washington Post Incirlik alone carried out one-third of the fueling operations for the war against ISIS in those two countries.