A-10 Deployment “Normal Rotation”

The deployment of 12 A-10s to Incirlik AB, Turkey, is part of a normal rotation to support the operation, and does not signify any “adjustment to the tactical situation,” according to the coalition. Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, said the six F-16s that had been deployed to Incirlik needed to rotate back to their home base of Aviano AB, Italy, and the 12 A-10s of the 75th Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB, Ga., were what was available to deploy. The deployment is “what it appears to be,” and there is nothing “special or magical about the platforms” the military deploys to the fight. While the US has airdropped munitions to Syrian Arab Coalition fighters that are looking to advance on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, the increase of fighters deployed to Incirlik—from six F-16s to 12 A-10s—and the close air support strength of the A-10 does not mean the A-10s were picked for an advance on the city, said Warren. “Certainly if there is an offensive on Raqqa, we will use airpower to support it,” he said. “We’ve been striking Raqqa for months if not almost a full year. It is not unreasonable to think A-10s will be striking Raqqa as soon as they are up and running.” (Warren transcript.)