Turkey closes airspace for US military aircrafts

Sunday, 17 July, 2016 - 15:00

The Pentagon said that Turkish officials had closed the airspace around a Turkish air base from which the U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS).

"Turkish officials have stopped all flights into and out of Incirlik Air Base in the southwestern part of the nation. U.S. and coalition aircraft fly missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from the base," said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook in a statement.

"U.S. officials are working with the Turks to resume air operations there as soon as possible," said Cook, adding that all U.S. military personnel and civilians there were "safe and secure."