- Saudi warplanes arrived at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana on Feb. 27 to help support the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS), bringing the number of countries which have aircraft at the base as part of the IS fight to five.
Four F-15E Strike Eagle jets landed at the base one after another at around 1:30 p.m. in support of the U.S.-led coalition.
The F-15E jets resemble Russian SU-30 type aircraft that are currently deployed in Syria.
It has also been reported that Saudi warplanes would conduct patrol flights along the Turkey-Syria border in addition to the IS mission.
Advance guards arrived at the base on Feb. 25.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also said on Feb. 25 that the aircraft were expected to arrive at the base soon.
“Now, entries have been made for supplies and personnel. Inspections have been made. The aircraft are expected to come soon” Çavuşoğlu said.
Saudi Arabia, together with Israel, is the country with the second most F-15 fighter jets in the world, after the U.S.
The other four countries that have aircraft at the base are Britain, the U.S., Germany and Qatar.