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Thursday, August 06, 2015

U.S. launches first drone strike in Syria from Turkish airspace

MQ-9 ReaperThe United States has conducted its first drone strike into northern Syria from a base in Turkey, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, ahead of what Ankara said would soon be a "comprehensive battle" against ISIS militants there.

A spokesman in Washington said the raid by an unmanned drone was launched on Monday from the Incirlik air base near the southern city of Adana in Turkey, a U.S. ally with the second largest armed forces in NATO. Preparations were underway for strikes inside Syria by manned U.S. warplanes.

Until recently, only reconnaissance drones flew missions from Incirlik.

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