A half dozen F-16s and about 300 airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing have deployed to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey where they’re expected to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

The jets could be seen departing Aviano Air Base early Sunday. A news release issued later in the day said the jets had arrived at Turkey’s southern air base.

The brief statement said that six F-16s from Aviano and the airmen would be supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. “This follows Turkey’s decision to host the deployment of U.S. aircraft conducting counter-ISIL operations,” it said. […]