Saudi Arabia is deploying combat planes to Turkey to fight ISIS

Feb 13 2016 - 46 Comments

Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft will launch air strikes against Daesh from Turkey.

RSAF aircraft are being deployed to Incirlik airbase, Turkey, from where they will launch air strikes against ISIS, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğluy said on Feb. 13.

Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition fighting Daesh since 2014; by moving its combat planes closer to the area of operations it will be able to increase the ops tempo.

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Image credit: Antonio Muñiz Zaragüeta

It’s not clear how many RSAF aircraft will be deployed, what type of aircraft the Saudi will deploy nor when these will arrive. So far, Saudi officials have performed a site survey, the Turkish foreign minister siad.

Saudi Arabia is not the only country moving its aircraft to Turkey: according to some media reports, Qatar and UAE (both already belonging to the anti-ISIS coalition and launching their sorties from Jordan) will station their warplanes in Turkish airbases, including Diyarbakir, in the southeastern region of the country.

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Image credit: Alessandro Fucito

  • Thomas Leor

    Cute. Flying falafels on a tour of glory, ending with a 100% probability in a nice s-400 BBQ.

    • sferrin

      The S-400, hell, Russia, is only in Syria because the West LET’S them. Don’t forget it.

      • Tritro29

        Sure talk to the nukes. Oh and there is no “West”. It’s the US and US alone.

  • franciwzm

    Does Saudi Arabia own any scalp/taurus missile ? Bad new for those 2 batteries of s400.

    • AstroNautilus

      No, all they can do is drop a 2000lbs kebab

      • supahotfire

        Is it a laser guided one?

        • franciwzm

          Long range stand off crusi missiles for fortified positions: an overkill for a banal s400 : they are both terrain recongnition, and radar source guided : everytime an s400 radar is turned on is an open invite to be destroyed.

          • supahotfire

            My comment was referred to a 2000lbs kebab falling from the sky, not to your brilliant comment

    • Renato Dallarmi

      Have the Taurus alredy been integrated with the typhoon?

      • franciwzm

        Y; and with tornado from several years.

  • AlexisWolf

    Under the US led coalition ISIS grew exponentially. Under the invited Russian airpower ISIS and other Al Qaeda affiliates, who have a similar Saudi Wahabi head chopping ideology, are tired and on the run.

  • Marco

    Given their epic fail in Yemen, it may be a move to withdraw some planes to Turkey before the Houthis destroy them… yeah that’s what they achieved in Yemen. The Saudi army is on the defensive on their own territory while the lightly armed Houthis are on the offensive on Saudi Arabia

  • Dan Roy

    Air strikes against ISIS? They could hurt them more if they would only stop funneling money and weapons to them. This is nothing more than an attempt for the US to strike at Assad using different proxies.

    • Bez

      Indeed.

  • Mixa.

    My father used to say; “Never trust a Turk, or turn your back, they will stab you in the back the minute they get a chance”. Good decision from Russia to send in these S400 missile, now even if a Russian pilot has its back against the Turk, they dare not stab him.
    https://youtu.be/QobyN3miKkI

  • Pepe Le Cox

    Are you there troll? the only thing you see is the western media.

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      I don’t waste time with state sponsored propaganda agencies from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. If you like propaganda, keep reading RT or Sputnik or Presstv, but don’t expect us to take your opinions seriously.

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      And you only see RT and Sputnik and Presstv. I prefer my press free, with fewer mistakes and biases than state sponsored propaganda. Oh, and trolls are those who read RT.

  • Renato Dallarmi

    Not sure about the SAM batteries but those tiffs may be more that those flankers can chew or at the very least they should give the flankers a hell of a run for their money

    • Tritro29

      With the current display of professionalism from the Royal Saudi Air Farce over Yemen, my bet is on many mechanical failures on Saudi side.

  • sferrin

    ROFL!

  • franciwzm

    Silly comment: typhoons are 20 years more advanced then flankers.

  • su34

    “God” will bless it with a 40/48N6 as soon it sticks it’s nose over the border.

  • su34

    “Saudi Arabia … combat planes … to fight ISIS”
    Another funny moment on TAV… does anyone really believe this cheap propaganda?
    The saudi royals also dream about a terrestrial incursion into Syria – the thorough ass whipping from Houthis, and the Yemeni army, will look like a park stroll after encountering the hardened SAA.

  • supahotfire

    And I see civilian Kurds bombed by Turks, with NATO closing its eyes…really? Yes, really.
    You still think you are on the right side? More probably you are on the not-so-better side of the contenders

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      Even after all those hospitals bombed by Russia, you still defend them? Russian bombing rebels and not bothering much with ISIS? Proud yet?

    • Uniform223

      All the other members of NATO should say, “F you Turkey. The Kurdistan is our only real allies in the region and their the only ones that are making head way. We’ll support them and if you don’t like it than F you. If you bomb them one more time you can handle Russia on your own”

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      Once again, Russia bombing hospitals, killing civilians, killing people. And NATO supports the YPG, get your facts straight!

    • Bez

      That’s the truth. Nato bombs civilians but its supporters only says anything if other powers do it. Western double standards.

  • Saudis will be supporting ISIS (Daesh) by bombing Assad’s forces. The best way to defeat ISIS is for the Saudis to start hanging anyone associated with radical jihad including King Salman. This article needs a title change “Saudis to give air support to ISIS (Daesh).”

  • Tritro29

    So any news about those 20+ airspace violations from the Turkish AF in Greece or is it a Russian Special?

    • Bez

      Don’t expect to hear about such Turkish violations from anti-Russia people. They are only concerned with practising double standards.

      • Dr. Douglas Fargo

        You mean like Russia does? I keep seeing them violating Ukraine…constantly. Turkey keeps violating because they are idiots.

        • Bez

          and because it is a Nato member, it gets a free pass from anti-Russia people. Double standards.

  • Tritro29

    Bombs in in Urban environment, on targets that are used by an insurgency no matter their initial use are going to cause dead “civilians” and civilians. Just look the tally of US airstrikes recent years. Even with far more accuracy they cause dead non-combatants.

    • Uniform223

      You drop a 500-2000lbs of HE there is ALWAYS going to be collateral damage. Close to 90-95% of munitions used by fixed wing aircraft by the US has been PGMs since 2004. Atleast with PGMs collateral damage is minimized as much as possible.

  • More Power

    I remember that opposite.
    “Oct. 3 bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 30 people, U.S. military officials” confirmed or was it the Russians how you imagine it?

    • Bez

      Good point. Certain people would probably blame Russia for that as well. Strangely, they have no problem with all the civilians killed by IS and similar, “opposition groups” in Syria.

      • Dr. Douglas Fargo

        We do have problems with that, we just think that Russian killing civilians indiscriminately is also wrong.

        • Bez

          You speak about killing civilians if Russia does it, just not if nato does it. Western double standards.

    • Uniform223

      A hospital that wasn’t marked in any way, either by a red cross or red crescent moon. people were told to leave. reported that during the fighting Taliban fighters would hold up within the structure and would be used as a makeshift command by local Taliban Commanders.

      What about Russia’s seemingly indiscriminate bombing of “targets” during their “intervention” into Georgia in 2008?

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      And to top it all, the US owned up the mistake, apologized and are helping victims. While Russia bombs those places, on purpose, multiple times, and then blame someone else!
      Typical Russiaboos!

  • Tritro29

    Last time I checked with SoS bullet points, Russia is using “dumb, old, rusty bombs”. They can’t “accurately deliver their payloads”, which in return results in civilian casualties ” called “collateral damage”, in Western Ingsoc. While puting a GPS guided 250 lbs bomb on a identified MSF hospital, that’s exactly targeting civilian infrastructure. Kthxbye.