Turkey begins coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

Turkey begins coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria
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Turkey announced Saturday that it has launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as part of the U.S.-led coalition.

The country’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement, sayingT urkish fighter jets crossed the border into Syria to attack ISIS targets Friday night.


"Our fighter aircraft together with warplanes belonging to the coalition began as of yesterday evening to jointly carry out air operations against [ISIS] targets that constitute a threat against the security of our country," the Foreign Ministry said, according to the Associated Press. "The fight against the terrorist organization is a priority for Turkey."

It comes after months of reluctance by Turkey to take a more active role in the campaign. On Aug. 24, Turkey signed an agreement with the U.S. that would advance its role.

Turkey had attacked ISIS targets in Syria in late July, but it was not as part of the coalition’s campaign.

The nation last month granted U.S. jets access to one of its key air bases that is located close to the Syrian border.