U.S. F-16s Fly First Anti-IS Missions from Turkey
The United States says it has begun flying manned missions from a Turkish air base to deliver air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.
The Pentagon released a statement late Wednesday saying the F-16 air strikes began earlier that day, launched from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.
The coalition began flying unmanned missions from the base earlier this month.
Turkey agreed last month to let U.S. forces use the Incirlik air base near Turkey's southern border with Syria.
Officials have described the plan as an effort to create an "Islamic State-free zone" stretching about 100 kilometers in length in northern Syria. It would not include a no-fly zone in the region, despite longstanding demands by the Turkish government for one.
Top Party Officials Apparently Ousted in Myanmar
Myanmar’s president is huddling with government ministers Thursday amid an apparent purge of the leadership of the country’s governing party.
President Thein Sein has the upper hand, according to one of his officials.
Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office told AFP, said that the president had made the move to remove party chairman Shwe Mann, who is also parliament speaker.
Officials of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) told reporters that Shwe Mann has been ousted from his top party post and the USDP secretary general, Maung Maung Thein, was also removed.
Shwe Mann was widely perceived as being more politically accommodating with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi than other more hardline members of his party.
The new chief of the party is vice chairman Htay Oo, according to Reuters, attributing this to a senior party official.