WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, an unmanned system took off from Incirlik Air Base, flew into Syria and launched a military strike against the Islamic State group, marking the first US strike from inside Turkey since a new agreement paved the way for use of Turkish airbases.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis declined to go into specifics about what platform the strike was launched from or whether it was successful, aside from saying it was a strike against the militant group, commonly known as ISIL or ISIS.
However, he did note that the US has had unmanned systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) located within Turkey, and that turning them into strike vehicles is a simple matter of attaching weaponry. That would indicate the strike was likely carried out by an MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper.