According to a U.S. official, the move is aimed at allowing just enough time for heightened Turkey-Russia tensions to ease, Reuters reports.

However, Ankara claims Turkey is involved in at least 50% of all coalition-led operations.

 “We have taken part in at least half of the operations. Apart from that, Turkey takes part in identifying targets and providing logistics and bases. We are in close cooperation with the U.S,” a senior Turkish official said.

U.S. officials emphasized that overall coalition air operations had been unaffected by the tensions between Turkey and Russia.