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

from Sputnik News:

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 in the country. The news came amid a large-scale “cleansing” operation aimed at capturing all the coup plotters. By that moment, around 6,000 people have been arrested.

Incirlik is separated in Turkish and NATO parts. The latter is used for launching anti-Daesh air-raids in Syria and Iraq on regular basis. It hosts some 2,500 US military staff and stores 90 American nuclear weapons.

Following the failure of the takeover, Turkish authorities claimed the putschists got crucial support from Incirlik. The news emerged that the mutineers had refueled “seized” F-16s from two airborne tankers located in the Turkish sector of Incirlik base.

On Saturday, the movement in and out of the base was blocked until the end of anti-coup raids. The power supply of the base has been also cut off. The US officials said that the measures were taken to prevent those engaged in the revolt from fleeing Turkey.

Amid claims that the coup was organized by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric located in the US, relations between Ankara and Washington reached a milestone low, casting a shadow on the joint use of the Incirlik by both countries.

Meanwhile, the situation in Turkey, and at the Incirlik in particular, remains unstable with reports stating that 42 helicopters have gone missing from the base, causing concerns that the American nuclear arsenal is in danger.

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

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Erdogan is Turkey’s version of the Untouchable Hillary. Backed far too long by the USSA Mafia, Erdogan could do no wrong and was above reproach.

    Well, the Beyond Reproach has turned into the Turkish Cockroach devouring everything in sight.

    I wonder how long it will be until somebody opens up a can of Roach Spray on his crazy ass?

    NATO put up with all his craziness for the sake of keeping a US Military base & nukes on site to “counter act” the Russians. Hahaha. That blew up in our faces, eh?

    The “OiL Oligarchs” are still dictating USA policies (they still want to block any Russian pipelines going thru Turkey) and dethrone Assad so the American Oilgarchs can use Syria for a pipeline transit, etc. But the OiLgarchs are losing money & power at these low oil prices.

    Turkey has instantly become the new “super muslim state” and it’s on its way to becoming the New Pakistan, nukes and all.

    The only pushback against Erdogan is the Kurds, Assad & Russia. I’m sure that Putin is sitting back with a bag of popcorn, watching and laughing at all this unfold. Me TOO.

    No good thing comes from Islam. Never. Look at every nation where it rules, and it’s easy to see it is ruled by fools. Poverty, ignorance, repression go hand in hand with it. The only thing that has saved SOME muslim nations from poverty, is WESTERN MONEY buying Arab OiL.

    Now that the western financial systems are about to collapse, poverty will quickly engulf every “oil rich” nation.

    So Bye, bye Mr. Muhammad Crude Pie… drove my tanker to the sea port but the tank farms were high.

    American Pie (movie clip)

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