Turkey vows ‘extensive’ fight against IS group will begin shortly

A file photo of a F-16 jet.

drones and aircraft have begun arriving at a Turkish air base near Syria, and an “effective” fight against Islamic State (IS) militants will soon begin, Turkey’s foreign minister said.

Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments on the sidelines of an Asean meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, days after Turkey agreed to let the US-led coalition use its air bases.

Mr Cavusoglu said: “The US aircraft have started to arrive. Soon we will together start an extensive battle against Daesh.”

Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The Turkish minister also told reporters that once the “effective” fight has begun, the ground would become safer for moderate opposition forces fighting IS.

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