Nov 14, 2015
F-15Es arrive in Turkey to attack Islamic State group
The aircraft come from the 48th Fighter Wing based at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in Britain.
The six F-15Es will join U.S., Turkish and other allied aircraft taking part in airstrikes against the Islamic State. Their mission is different from the six F-15Cs that arrived in Turkey on Nov. 6, which are tasked with protecting Turkish airspace.
About 300 airmen are deployed along with the 12 F-15s.
In addition to the F-15s, the U.S. has 12 A-10s with the 75th Fighter Squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, currently deployed to Incirlik. Separately, about 300 airmen, including a Guardian Angel Weapons System, are deployed to Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey to rescue any U.S. or coalition pilots who go down over Syria or Iraq.