Turkey okays U.S. use of airbase to fight IS
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.13
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey has granted the U.S. access to its Incirlik airfield to strike the militants of the terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State', Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported on Oct.13.
The Incirlik air base was built in 1951 and has been operating since 1955.
The 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. IS said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.