US deployed 3 more A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Incirlik airbase, Turkey from Georgia. The total number rises from 12 to 15. “With the U2 we’re able to get out there, find those guys and track them,” said another pilot, Maj. Matt. “Then we get that information back to the fighters and bombers, so that way when they go out there they’ve got the best intel, the best information about where they are and can do what needs to be done.” Drones also play a major role. From the massive Global Hawk that can stay in the air for well over 24 hours to the smaller predator and reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, all these platforms contribute to what is a gigantic airborne surveillance
[July 19 U.S. to Turks: “very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would” …release sensitive information.” ]
Anadolu Agency published a map Wednesday July 19 showing 10 locations where it says U.S. troops are located. The posts span a stretch of northern Syria controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces that the U.S. supports but Turkey considers terrorists.
The U.S. doesn’t disclose where U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria are, for security reasons. The Pentagon says it can’t independently determine where Anadolu got the information. But spokesman Eric Pahon says the U.S. would be “very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information.”
Pahon says that can disrupt efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.
[July 20} The news article that contained the map was based on the agency’s “own newsgathering network,” insisting that the government had not given “the information or directed the agency.”
Kalin says Turkey has no “thought or intention that would endanger the lives of our allies’ soldiers.”