ANKARA — A batch of four F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets of the Royal Saudi Air Force arrived Feb. 26 at the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey, officials said.
The arrival of Saudi aircraft raised the number of countries operating from the Incirlik airbase to five — after the United States, Britain, Germany and Qatar.
The Saudi F-15Es will support the allied campaign against ISIL targets, Turkish officials said. They also said the Saudi planes will conduct patrol flights along Turkey's border with Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin referred to the deployment as anti-Islamic State group coalition with a mission of combat activities.
Saudi Defense Ministry Undersecretary Ahmed al-Asiri confirmed the landing, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency.
Burak Ege Bekdil is the Turkey correspondent for Defense News.