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Turkey Requests US Conduct Aerial Combat Patrols Near Idlib To Deter Russian Airpower Along Syrian Border

Turkey Requests US Conduct Aerial Combat Patrols Near Idlib To Deter Russian Airpower Along Syrian Border
Su-27 escorted by an F-16

Turkey has asked the US to conduct aerial patrols in its airspace bordering the Syrian province of Idlib to show support for Ankara’s ongoing military operations against forces loyal to Damascus, a Turkish official told Middle East Eye.

The latest request came earlier this month in meetings with US Special Envoy James Jeffrey in Ankara, where Turkish officials also asked Washington for two batteries of Patriot missile systems to shield the border area from possible air attacks, the official told MEE on condition of anonymity.

Since then, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with US President Donald Trump, but the White House has not given any indications that it would provide tangible support for Turkey’s operations along its southern border…

To read more visit Middle East Eye.

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