Debkafile: Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Recep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
This extraordinary situation, reported here by debkafile’s military sources, whereby a large group of American military personnel are held virtual captive by an allied government, was almost certainly raised in the phone call that took place Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Erdogan.
But the most outlandish aspect of this affair is that no American official has raised it in public – nor even by the administration’s most vocal critics at the Republican convention which nominated Donald Trump as presidential candidate.”
Opinion: Erdogan is purging every nook and cranny of Turkey. Over 50,000 people have been rounded up: government officials, police, teachers, political dissidents and now the US military base.
“Hundreds of police officers accompanied by Ministry of Justice and Attorney General Office investigators are the only people permitted to enter the strategic air base, and only emergency cases may leave, after coordinating with the Turkish authorities.”
What’s it all about?
Erdogan wants the Obama administration to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher, former imam, writer, and political figure, from exile in Pennsylvania whom he accuses of being the mastermind of the failed coup.
And it’s about Nuclear weapons. If Turkey were to expel U.S. and NATO forces from Incirlik — it would not only have nuclear weapons, but the means to deliver them via US designed F-16s and nuclear-capable F-4 Phantom jets.
So, now we can add extortion to the list of what most assuredly was an Erdogan planned coup.
Does any nation fear the United States?
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