12:38 GMT16 January 2021
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    According to the Saudi Defense Ministry, Riyadh will kick off it's combat missions in Syria as soon as the United States gives the green light.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Four Saudi Arabian military aircraft that arrived at the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey last week will begin carrying out combat missions in Syria after receiving corresponding orders from the US-run operation center, Saudi Defense Ministry adviser Ahmed Asiri told Sputnik Tuesday.

    "The aircraft have not carried out any operations yet since they only arrived on Friday. Air operations are coordinated by the operational center of the coalition, based in Qatar and run by the United States. If they give the order to conduct combat operations, they will be fulfilled," Asiri said.

    Riyadh’s deployment of four F-15E Strike Eagle fighter-bombers joins US, German and Qatari aircraft taking part in the anti-Daesh airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

    The US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the group, banned in a number of countries including Russia, in Syria since mid-2014 without approval from Damascus or the United Nations.

    The Incirlik base is 5 miles north of the Turkish city of Adana near the Syrian border.


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