Several thousand Turkish troops, and/or paramilitary police, have surrounded the Incirlik air base for a “safety check”. Several dozen nuclear weapons are stored at Incirlik, and if the Turkish government, or rogue elements, try to seize them then it will get very nasty, very quickly.
People protesting the failure of NATO government leaders to support Erdogan in the recent “coup” were demonstrating in front of the base within the last day or so, many demanding that the U.S. leave Turkey.
This situation has a very serious negative potential…
See the news items listed below.
Read “1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO’s Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’ amid rumors of coup attempt” (July 30th) here.
Read “Turkish police block access to NATO’s Incirlik air base – home of U.S. nukes” (July 31st – Turkish time) here.
Read “Turkey’s Erdogan slams West for failure to show solidarity over coup attempt” (July 29th) here.
Read “Activists protesting at İncirlik perceived US involvement in coup attempt” (July 28th) here.
Read “Turkey’s Incerlik airbase on “lockdown” by Erdogan with 1500 US troops and nuclear weapons” – dated July 22nd, referencing the previous lockdown starting July 16th – here.