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  • US transports portable arms vault from Turkey Incirlik Air base

    04/03/2018 5:10:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 94 replies
    Armenia News - NEWS.am ^ | (4-3-18) 16:01, 03.04.2018 | none stated
    The United States has transported the Armag weapons vault from Turkey’s Incirlik Air base to another facility, YeniSafak reported. According to the source, a 40-ton portable weapons vault was transported to another country via a C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft. There has been no official explanation over the transfer yet.
  • US Predator drone crashes in Turkey (2nd in four days)

    08/21/2017 8:19:05 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 21 Aug, 2017
    A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone has crashed in southeast Turkey, the Incirlik Air Base has confirmed. This is the second drone crash in four days involving Predators flown from the joint US-Turkish base near the Syrian border. Monday’s crash happened around 11:50 am local time (0850 GMT), the 39th Air Base Wing said in a statement. No further information about the incident was made available. Another Predator crashed shortly after taking off from Incirlik on Thursday evening, ending up in a field near the city of Adana. That drone was retrieved by US and Turkish officials, the 39th...
  • Germany to pull forces from Turkish air base (Incirlik)

    06/05/2017 11:16:26 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    KOM News ^ | 5 June 2017 16:31 CEST | none stated
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Germany will have to pull its forces out of the Incirlik air force base in southern Turkey because of Turkish government restrictions on German lawmakers seeking to visit troops there, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.Gabriel was speaking after a meeting in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, which had aimed to address the standoff over Incirlik and other diplomatic tensions between the two NATO allies.“My Turkish colleague explained to me that in the current situation, Turkey is not able to allow every visit by German...
  • Hunko: Is information received from Incirlik given to ISIS?

    06/02/2017 3:49:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | June 3, 2017 | PERWER YAS
    Speaking at a seminar on the role of the Kurds in the fight against ISIS, German parliamentarian Andrej Hunko asked “Is the information gathered in İncirlik given to ISIS over Turkey? We have serious doubts on this matter.” A seminar titled 'Kurds as a regional factor in the fight against ISIS' was held at the Cultural Diplomacy Institute in German capital Berlin yesterday. 'WE UNDERSTOOD PKK BETTER AFTER THE ISIS ATTACK' Speaking at the seminar, German parliamentarian Andrej Hunko stated on behalf of the Left Party (Die Linke), the leading opposition party in the German Federal Parliament, that they stood...
  • Turkey Refuses To Grant Germans Access To Incirlik Airbase

    05/30/2017 11:01:39 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    While Angela Merkel is busy sowing the seeds of the next cold war between Germany and the Trump administration (and therefore the US, if only for the next three and a half years), a troubling flashpoint for Germany continues to grow in Turkey where on Tursday, Turkey’s foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees “positive steps” from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey’s “demands” or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it...
  • Merkel: Germany may move troops from Turkey to Jordan

    05/21/2017 9:52:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    AlAraby.co.uk ^ | 15 May 2017
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Berlin may pull its troops from Turkey following a recent deterioration in relations. The chancellor’s latest warning comes after Turkey denied visas to German lawmakers who wanted to visit troops at the Incirlik air base, located near Adana in south Turkey. “We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate,” Merkel said at a press conference on Monday. “That means looking at alternatives to İncirlik, and one alternative among others is Jordan,” she said. …
  • US Air Force Quits Incirlik, Working Round the Clock Moving to New Syria Bases (Kurds dropped in)

    04/12/2017 3:21:20 AM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | April 11, 2017 ast
    Several US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, military forces report. This was going on over the weekend as senators, news correspondents and commentators were outguessing each other over whether the US missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base, in retaliation for the Assad regime’s chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, was a one-off or the start of a new series. As the White House parried those questions, the Trump administration was...
  • ‘Turkey will close Incirlik airbase to US if support for YPG continues’ (Erdogan threatens US?)

    03/01/2017 7:19:58 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    KOM News ^ | 1 March 2017 | none stated
    Pro-government Turkish daily Yenisafak, has claimed that Turkey will use the Incirlik Airbase as a bargaining chip to stop the US from backing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a prominent force in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the Raqqa operation.According to Yenisafak, “Turkey is prepared for possible scenarios with the YPG. Considering the logistical contribution to US air operations, the utilisation permit of Incirlik Airbase is an important leverage to convince the US against working with the YPG.”Incirlik Air base, located in the Incirlik province of the southern city of Adana, has strategic importance to the US. Most of the US’ air operations...
  • Joe Biden Will Visit Turkey This Week. Does He Have The Courage To Call Out Autocrat Erdogan?

    08/22/2016 5:53:36 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-22-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    On Wednesday, America's Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Turkey. His main mission is to smooth things over with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is getting angrier with the United States by the day. The reason Erdogan is so angry with the United States is, Erdogan says, that America still provides a safe haven to Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara accuses of being behind the failed military coup on July 15. Both before, but especially after the coup, the Turkish government has accused Gülen, who lives in Pennsylvania, of being a terrorist leader comparable to ISIS self-declared...
  • Russia presses Turkey for access to US Incirlik air base

    08/19/2016 10:07:11 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 42 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12:00AM August 20, 2016 | Hannah Lucinda Smith
    Russia is pressing Turkey for ­access to a key airbase used by the US as it tries to extend its ­influence in the Middle East. The American-built Incirlik base, about 100km from the ­Syrian border, is used by NATO and has about 50 US tactical ­nuclear warheads stored on site. A senior Russian politician said allowing Russian jets and bombers to use it would be a “logical continuation” of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to rebuild Turkey’s relations with the Kremlin. “It just remains to come to an agreement with Erdogan that we get the NATO base Incirlik as our...
  • No, the U.S. Is Not Moving Its Nukes From Turkey to Romania

    08/19/2016 5:37:34 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 19, 2016 | Dan De Luce
    An obscure website published a vague report Thursday making the dramatic claim that relations between Washington and Ankara had deteriorated so badly that the United States had begun moving nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any basis at all for the report, which alleged B61 nuclear weapons were on their way to Romania’s Deveselu base. Romania’s defense ministry promptly denied it and experts dismissed the idea as illogical for technical and other reasons.
  • Kremlin presses Turkey for access to US airbase

    08/19/2016 7:48:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 28 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 19 August 2016 | Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul | Marc Bennetts, Moscow |Michael Evans
    Russia is pressing Turkey for access to a key airbase used by the US as it tries to extend its influence in the Middle East. The American-built Incirlik base, about 65 miles from the Syrian border, is used by Nato and has about 50 US nuclear warheads stored on site. A senior Russian politician said that allowing Russian jets and bombers to use it would be a logical continuation of President Erdogan’s efforts to rebuild Turkey’s relations with the Kremlin. “It just remains to come to an agreement with Erdogan that we get the Nato base Incirlik as [our] primary…
  • As Turkey "Considers Military Cooperation" With Russia, US Said To Move Nukes Out Of Turkey

    08/18/2016 1:45:50 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past month, ever since the "failed" Turkish coup, there has been a dramatic, and surprising, deterioration in the of Turkey with various European states, most notably Austria and Germany, as well as with the US, and NATO in general. This was confirmed once again earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at NATO, in an interview with Russian Sputnik, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. More importantly, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. In the interview, Cavusoglu said that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness...
  • US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

    08/18/2016 7:38:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 76 replies
    Euractiv ^ | 08/18/16 | Georgi Gotev, Joel Schalit
    EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara . According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. “It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity. According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border. During the failed coup in...
  • Turkish Newspaper Editor Advocates Seizing US Nuclear Weapons at Incirlik

    08/17/2016 4:21:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 16, 2016 | Ibrahim Karagül
    "The nukes in Incirlik must be handed over to Turkey. Or else, Turkey should take control of them."
  • US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

    08/14/2016 11:54:43 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 15, 2016 | Thomas WATKINS
    Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday. Critics have long been alarmed by America's estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the border with war-torn Syria. The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the attempted coup in Turkey, in which the base's Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the plot.
  • Let's get our nuclear weapons out of Turkey

    08/13/2016 5:43:44 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 11, 2016 | Steve Andreasen
    On Feb. 14, 1979, less than one month after the shah of Iran’s exile, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun by Iranian militants. Within hours, it was returned to U.S. hands. Now on notice that our diplomats were stationed on a vulnerable outpost in a sea of anti-Americanism, the Carter administration considered, but rejected, closing the embassy. In October, President Carter permitted the shah – despised by Iranians and the regime that replaced his – to enter the United States. Days later, Iranians climbed the embassy gates again, took the Americans there hostage and demanded the shah’s return, beginning...
  • Exclusive: Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States - U.S. officials

    08/10/2016 2:14:35 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 August 2016 8:51pm EDT | Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy
    [snip]The two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Turkish officer was working at the headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia. They did not name him or offer his rank. However, an official at Turkey's embassy in Washington said Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu had failed to report to authorities after Turkey issued a detention order for him last month. "On July 22, on that day he left his badges and his ID at the base and after that no one has heard anything from him," the official said, also...
  • USAF Base in Turkey Surrounded and Trump's Proposed Russian "Detente" [radio]

    08/06/2016 8:41:04 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 24 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | August 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Now that Erdogan is purging Turkey of its remaining secular elements, the brazen Islamist leader has unleashed his goons on American forces in the country. What does this mean for the future of the United States in Turkey? And should Turkey be ejected from NATO after all?In other news, the Summer Olympics in Rio open this Friday. We cover the news pertaining to the games and their security. Finally, the presidential campaigns are in full swing. Join us Saturday as we discuss the latest developments… Topics of Discussion: - Latest Campaign and Political Developments - Trump’s Proposed Russian Policies -...
  • Kerry to Visit Turkey Amid Strained Ties After Failed Coup

    08/06/2016 9:43:14 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | August 5, 2016 | For the Slimes by Associated Presstitutes
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Turkey later this month, Turkey's foreign minister said Friday, amid strained relations with Washington over the possible extradition of a Muslim cleric accused of being behind an attempted military coup last month. The Turkish government has expressed growing annoyance with what it regards as a lack of solidarity from international allies in the aftermath of the failed coup, as well as increased frustration over perceived foot-dragging by the United States over a Turkish demand that U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen be returned to Turkey to face trial. Turkey accuses...