The saga surrounding the Turkish Incirlik air base, which is not only the headquarters to the US 39th Air Base Wing but also vaults over 50 B1 nuclear bombs, and is critical to all US missions not only against ISIS but the entire middle east continues. Moments ago, Turkey’s state-run news agency says seven prosecutors, charged with investigating a foiled coup, have entered the Incirlik Air Base.
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A Turkish brigadier general at the base has already been detained for his alleged role in Friday’s uprising.
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On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkish airspace was closed due to the coup attempt in the country. US media reported that the Incirlik base in southern Turkey has been left without electricity and local authorities prevented movement to and from the base. Air operations from the base have also been suspended. On Sunday, the US-led coalition resumed flights from the Incirlik airbase.
The former commander of the base was accused by Ankara of involvement in the attempted coup. The United States rejected asylum application of Gen. Bekir Ercan Van.
In July 2015, Turkey agreed to open up Incirlik to US manned and unmanned aircraft to conduct anti-terror operations in Syria against Daesh.
It is unclear as of this moment, what the Turkish “probe” is seeking.
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