Turkey's Incirlik air base not used in Syria strikes

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The US, Britain and France hit Syrian military facilities with a wave of joint airstrikes early Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack blamed on the Syrian military, sparking an outcry from Syria, Russia and Iran.

The Incirlik air base in southern Turkey was not used in the US -led airstrikes on Assad regime targets in Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mahir Ünal, longtime-ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Deputy and Spokesperson, said Turkey was informed about the operaton prior to the strikes on April 14, speaking to private broadcaster CNN Türk. "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has commented on the operation launched by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime.

Turkey on Saturday welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" to a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had discussed with his USA and Russian counterparts potential steps for peace in Syria, after a series of phone calls in recent days.

The two leaders "reaffirmed their determination to exert joint efforts to reduce tensions on the ground in Syria and to find a political solution to the problem", the source added.

Erdogan underlined that Assad regime's attacks with both chemical and conventional weapons should end.

Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Saturday called on the worldwide community to unite to avoid chemical attacks in future, while emphasizing the importance of seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, has long opposed Syrian President Bashar Assad, but in recent months has moved closer to Iran and Russian in seeking to end the seven-year civil war across its border.

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