22 October, 2015 By Arie Egozi – FG
Tel Aviv - The US will accelerate its air operations in Syria against Islamic State militants by deploying the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II to Incirlik AFB in Turkey.
Russia has increased its military presence in Syria, and satellite images – including those from an Israeli satellite – show that it has based a number of squadrons of fighters and attack helicopters in the Middle East. Russian air strikes have led Washington to change its strategy in Syria, resulting in the deployment of the A-10s – an aircraft that is well-equipped to carry out missions against IS. Twelve A-10s that are usually based at Moody AFB in Georgia have reportedly been sent to Turkey. They will replace six USAF Lockheed Martin F-16s that were deployed from Aviano AFB in Italy in August. The A-10 was first deployed in the anti-IS fight in 2014.