Is Pentagon’s Air Base in Syrian Kobani an Alternative for Turkey’s Incirlik?
Military

Is Pentagon’s Air Base in Syrian Kobani an Alternative for Turkey’s Incirlik?

The Pentagon appears to have played it safe and set up a military base in the Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria as a safeguard in case Turkey prevents the United States from using Incirlik while the operation aimed at pushing Daesh out of Raqqa advances, Professor Celalettin Yavuz told Sputnik Turkey. The military offensive in Raqqa…

Why Ankara Threatens to Expel US from Incirlik Airbase
Opinion

Why Ankara Threatens to Expel US from Incirlik Airbase

US-Turkish relations are experiencing difficulties. It would appear that neither Ankara nor Washington can continue the “strategic partnership” in deterring Russia and the tactical cooperation against Assad. There have appeared unconfirmed reports that the US have withdrawn their nuclear munitions from Turkey. But the recent statements by the Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak that Turkey…

Inferno near NATO base in Turkey, alliance insists all is well
Middle East

Inferno near NATO base in Turkey, alliance insists all is well

A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base within the Buca district in Izmir, western Turkey, local media report. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu has denied the reports of a fire “in or near” territories hosting NATO facilities in Turkey, adding that its HQ “is fully operational.” https://twitter.com/NATOpress/status/757574494739456000 However, according to local media reports and…

Commander of Air Base Holding US Nukes Arrested After Turkey Coup Attempt
Middle East

Commander of Air Base Holding US Nukes Arrested After Turkey Coup Attempt

On Sunday, Turkish authorities arrested the commander of Incirlik airbase General Bekir Ercan Van, putting in question US-led anti-Daesh operations that are launched from the Turkish base, as well as relevancy of storing American nukes there. Bekir Ercan Van was detained at the base along with a number of lower-ranking officers on suspicion of the complicity in the military coup attempt…

U.S. Troops at Turkish Air Base on Highest Force Protection Level
Middle East

U.S. Troops at Turkish Air Base on Highest Force Protection Level

U.S. troops at Turkey’s Incirlik air base were at the highest force protection level, known as “condition Delta,” after power was cut off at the base and the Turkish government closed the airspace around the site in the hours following a foiled military coup attempt, a U.S. official told ABC News today. Turkish officials told…

Turkey closes air space over Incirlik, grounding US aircraft at base
Middle East

Turkey closes air space over Incirlik, grounding US aircraft at base

U.S. military operations against the Islamic State group out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base came to a halt Saturday afternoon as the Turkish military closed the airspace around the base following an attempted coup, a Pentagon spokesman said. Power also was cut to the base and the U.S. was restricting movements of its personnel as…