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The Incirlik Agenda — What’s Really Going On Behind Closed Doors Between the U.S. and Turkey?

from Rogue Money:

It’s the Monday morning following a failed coup d’etat in Turkey, and apparently the less the mainstream media reports about what’s really going on at Incirlik Air Force Base, which hosts more B61 tactical nuclear bombs than any other single American installation in Europe, the better. This story about lax security surrounding U.S./NATO nuclear weapons in Belgium and historically at Incirlik AFB from The New Yorker published on Sunday, is the exception to the media blackout that proves the rule. Nobody’s talking and few servicemen want to talk on their Facebook or Twitter feeds about what’s been happening the last few days at the strategic NATO air base.

UPDATE 1 01:30 Eastern time July 19, 2016: It’s Tuesday morning at Incirlik AFB, and as of six hours ago, the power was still off. Stars and Stripes the military oriented newspaper had this to say:

STUTTGART, Germany — External power remained cut off for a third day Monday at Incirlik Air Base, where Turkish authorities cut off electricity in connection with an attempted coup.

“We obviously are looking at ways to keep the power on,” U.S. European Command spokesman Capt. Danny Hernandez said on Monday. “We are hopeful they will soon get the power turned on.”

It was not immediately clear why Turkey had not yet restarted commercial power at Incirlik, a strategic hub for U.S. operations against the Islamic State group. It also wasn’t clear how long the U.S. military can continue running generators to keep the base operational.

On Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said operations at the base had not been affected by the power cut.

Turkey cut off commercial power to the base at roughly 7:30 a.m. Saturday. It also closed the airspace around Incirlik Saturday, halting sorties against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Those operations resumed Sunday.

But trust us, there’s no sign of a U.S.-Turkish rift, everything will be just fine with NATO’s 2nd largest military (despite rumors of missing patrol boats or corvettes to go with missing attack and transport helicopters), which is now being ruthlessly purged and demoralized. – JWS

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