Military officials from Turkey and the U.S. have agreed to deploy armed drones at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana, as part of the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

During a visit to Ankara on March 11 by the commander of the U.S. Central Command, General Lloyd J. Austin, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to deploy two armed drones at İncirlik, but the parties are still waiting for political consent to be sealed with an agreement, a Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News.

The U.S. has been using four unarmed Predator drones at the airbase for 3.5 years. One of the Predators that took off from İncirlik was downed by the Syrian Air Force in Syria last week. […]