Aircraft setup in Diyarbakir Turkey for Recovery Ops in M.E

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    Airmen, aircraft set up in Turkey to support recovery ops in Syria, Iraq

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    Two HC-130J Combat King IIs sit on the flight line in preparation for cargo unload at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey, Sept. 28, 2015. The aircraft is deployed to Diyarbakir in an effort to enhance coalition capabilities and support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush)
    INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) -- U.S. Air Forces Central Command has begun staging small detachments of aircraft and airmen at Diyarbakir Air Base in southeast Turkey to enhance coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq.

    Diyarbakir is a Turkish base home to the Turkish air force's 8th Air Wing. Turkey and the U.S. are longtime NATO allies and the U.S. Air Force has a long history of working alongside its Turkish counterparts. This deployment will enable Airmen to better assist with recovery of coalition partners should they need assistance in Syria or Iraq.

    "We will be guests of the government of Turkey at Diyarbakir Air Base; there are no plans for a permanent U.S. presence at this location," said Gen. Phillip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander and the U.S. European Command commander. "This marks yet another successful cooperative effort between the Turkish and U.S. militaries."
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