… from Southfront
[ Editor’s note: We hope this marriage works out, as the Turks need the help. Why the Turkish Air force, on which a fortune has been spent, cannot provide air support for an attack on a modestly sized city with no real air defense does not look well for the key NATO country.
Are the Turkish pilots that scared of the IS? The Russians have been doing well with few casualties, leaving the US coalition in the dust, in terms of damage inflicted on the jihadis. All I can think of is that the Turks feel that, because they have troops and armor on the ground, someone else should supply the air power.
Maybe if Turkey had not supported the al-Nusra terrorists so diligently, then Syrian troops could be fighting for al-Bab and the Turks could be back in the barracks, arresting anyone who even knows who Gulen is, or slaughtering Kurdish civilians… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … January 12, 2017 –
Russian and Turkish military officials have signed a memorandum on combat flight safety during missions and agreed to coordinate airstrikes against terrorists in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on January 12.
“The memorandum establishes mechanisms of coordination and interaction between Russian and Turkish aircraft during airstrikes against terrorist targets, as well as measures aimed at preventing flight incidents involving aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles in Syrian airspace,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Media reports that Russian warplanes deliver airstrikes assisting Turkish forces battling against ISIS terrorists near the Syrian town of al-Bab had been appearing since December 2016. Today this coordination became confirmed.