August 12, 2015 / 8:40 PM / 3 years ago

Turkish planes not involved in first U.S. air strikes from Incirlik: security sources

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish fighter jets were not involved in manned U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets, flown for the first time from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase on Wednesday, security sources said.

A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet lands at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey last month agreed to open its strategically important bases to the U.S.-led coalition, but has been reluctant to play a leading role in the fight against the militants, citing fears of a backlash.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker, writing by Jonny Hogg; editing by John Stonestreet

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