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US Air Force Denies Reports of Not Providing Help to Turkey in Anti-Daesh Fight

Sputnik News

20:10 01.09.2016(updated 20:18 01.09.2016)

The US-led coalition against Daesh provided the necessary support to Turkish forces in the attack on the terrorist group in Syria's city of Jarablus, US Air Forces Central Command spokeswoman Kiley Dougherty told Sputnik on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Turkish news agency Anadolu reported earlier that the US military did not provide needed air support in a timely manner to Turkish and Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces when they were attacked by Daesh terrorists on August 30. US-led coalition jets, Anadolu said, came three hours later when airstrikes were useless.

"Turkish forces requested air support from Coalition assets after a hostile vehicle attacked a Turkish tank in Jarabulus, Syria Tuesday evening," Dougherty said. "Coalition air support coordinated with the Turkish Air Force and Coalition ground forces to identify and destroy the vehicle."

When Turkish military and the FSA came under fire a rocket hit a Turkish tank and wounded three soldiers. Simultaneously, the terrorists attacked the FSA with heavy weapons.

"We adhere to very exacting and disciplined procedures as it relates to the identification and execution of viable military targets," Dougherty added. "As the battlespace becomes increasingly complex, the need for carefully coordinated operations and maneuvers will help deny Da'esh [Islamic State] sanctuary and ensure the appropriate amount of military force against a verified target."

The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since the summer of 2014.

Daesh has been designated a terrorist organization, and is outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries throughout the world.


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