Pentagon Orders Hundreds Of Military Families To Evacuate Turkey

Tyler Durden's picture

Has the US finally had enough of its "ally" Erdogan?  

Moments ago the DOD announced that the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, has authorized the ordered departure of all DoD dependents not assigned to Chief of Mission authority from Adana (to include Incirlik Air Base), Ismir, and Mugla, Turkey. This decision allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region.

It adds that while "this step does not signify a permanent decision to end accompanied tours at these facilities", the evacuation "is intended to mitigate the risk to DoD elements and personnel, including family members, while ensuring the combat effectiveness of U.S. forces and our mission support to operations in Turkey. The United States and Turkey are united in our common fight against ISIL, and Incirlik continues to play a key role in counter-ISIL operations."

“The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,” said Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command. “We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism.”

Stars and Stripes adds more:

The Pentagon is ordering the evacuation of nearly 700 military family members from Incirlik Air Base and two smaller military installations in Turkey because of concerns over the deteriorating security environment there.

 

Families are expected to begin leaving Turkey on Wednesday, stopping first at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, before continuing on to the States or other duty locations, U.S. European Command told Stars and Stripes.

 

“We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism,” EUCOM chief Gen. Philip Breedlove said Tuesday in a statement.

 

The mandatory departure order, announced by the State Department, affects nearly all Defense Department dependents assigned to Incirlik, as well as those at smaller bases in Izmir and Mugla.

 

About 670 dependents are expected to be evacuated, along with 287 pets. About 770 dependents, most from Incirlik, are currently in Turkey, EUCOM spokeswoman Julie Weckerlein said. Those allowed to stay are the family members of mission-essential personnel.

This is all taking place one day after the Turkey Foreign Ministry, outraged by a satirical clip making fun of the Turkish President and his recent policies that was broadcast on German television, summoned the German Ambassador for official explanations. Following the broadcast of the satirical piece titled “Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan” on NDR show titled “Extra 3” on March 17, German Ambassador Martin Erdmann was summoned up several days later to officially explain “in length” the reasons for the broadcaster’s behavior, Der Speigel has learned.

The one minute and 52 second long satire package showing footage from recent history in Turkey criticized Erdogan's increased crackdown on the freedom of the press and hostile policies in the region, including Turkey’s alleged support for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters in neighboring Syria.

The video also focused on the lavish living of the Turkish president and his multibillion euro deals with the Europeans to keep migrants at bay. The broadcast on German television comes at a time when Germany, as part of EU is actively seeking closer ties with Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis in Europe.

Erdogan’s crackdown on journalists and restrictions on freedom of speech have been repeatedly criticized by the international community, along with Ankara’s controversial anti-terrorists campaign against Kurdish militants which inflicted much suffering on Turkey’s minority population.

The day the satirical piece was aired, RT launched a petition calling for a UNHRC-led investigation into claims of alleged mass killing of Kurdish civilians committed by the Turkish military during Ankara’s crackdown on Kurds in the country's southeast.

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DaveyJones's picture

"Has the US finally had enough of its "ally" Erdogan"

or vice versa

Crisismode's picture

 

Tactical nuke flying up to the event horizon

in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1

Looney's picture

Vlad’s picture with a bucket of popcorn is in order.  ;-)

Looney

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

What is going on with our foreign policy? We are the world's only superpower, yet we abandon our allies in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, we back down while Russia invades sovereign nations, and we abandon our responsibilities in Iraq? What happened to the old days when we would take on countries that threatened our interests without even flinching, ruthlessly crack down on anti-interventionist wimps, and deploy troops at the drop of a hat when need be? We have become weak folks, and we need someone with the strength and conviction to fight for our interests abroad and strengthen our relationships with our key allies in the Middle East. In my opinion the only candidate that can do this is Hillary. You may not like her on a personal level, but so what? Deep down, every one of you knows that I am 100% right, and that she and only she, has the experience and the will to fix our foreign policy and turn this country around.

 

http://accredited-times.com/2016/03/29/why-free-speech-shouldnt-always-b...

Handful of Dust's picture

They're just feeling some of the international variation of "Change you can believe in."

zeronetwork's picture

Sounds like another batch of Mujahedin gone rogue.

The Alarmist's picture

Sounds like someone expects someone in the region will do something to cause a flareup, but no telling who. Where is Nudleman these days?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"...German Ambassador Martin Erdmann was summoned up several days later to officially explain “in length” the reasons for the broadcaster’s behavior..."~

What's to explain "in length"?

"Erdogan is a dickpuppet fuckwit."

That's it, I'm done aaaannndddd I'm outta' here!

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Hopefully, the German Ambassador has explained Sultan Erdogan "in length" how freedom of the Press works in a democracy.

And hopefully he has demanded in return an explanation "in length" about Sultan Erdogans recent human rights' record.

Abitdodgie's picture

MDB have you ever had an original thought of your own, talk about indoctrinated to the system, on a holistic intelligence level you have got to be as dumb as all the order followers out there.

Escapeclaws's picture

No wonder he gets so many down arrows!!!

nuubee's picture

No one controls the Kurds. This evacuation probably means the U.S. is aware that something is about to happen there.

Paveway IV's picture

Aware? Hell, my tax dollars go to ensure that Team Chaos has had the Turkish civil war planned all along. 

Israeli travel warning: Leave Turkey immediately

PULL IT!

Casanova's picture

Israel is also preparing for the Next War ==> http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-wZ

researchfix's picture

At least for the next false flag. Pinned to Russia, ´course.

Allen_H's picture

Good article Casanova.

SixIsNinE's picture

 - from the link :  Jenna Jameson converts to Judaism   -  First Jewish Rabbi Elected to Ugandan Parliament - Michigan Uber Driver Accused of Anti-Semitism Fired - Israeli Companies to Build Smart City in Brazil -

 

ok guys , oops goys  (hey, maybe that slight of letters was another trick on the goyim ! - call 'em "guys" and they'll like it ! _)

why don't we all just convert to judaism now and avoid all the hassles ?  Right ?  would that just end all wars now?  Come on, we can bring on the entire Robot class to be the new Goyim class and we can program them as we like ? 

monopoly's picture

Uh Huh, Million DB. And kill more of our young men and women. Nope, no more. YOU GO!

Consuelo's picture

You know...   That was a good one, MDB.    I know it's bullshit & all, but even so, that one was really good...

Ghordius's picture

MDB, hilarious as usual. but part of the problem is exactly there: Turkey is an official ally, part of NATO. Saudi Arabia... I don't remember SA being an ally "of the other allies". Or Israel, for that matter

this kind of relationships don't matter... until something changes, and then they are suddently very important, and plenty of people are found dumbstruck, and run around like headless chickens

gaoptimize's picture

NATO not mentioned once in the article.  Trump is increasingly correct on the subject.

Carl Spackler's picture

MDB, your sarcasm is usually quite refreshing and, sometimes, hilarious.

This was not one of your better attempts, however.

 

You had a chance to take on the current players in the game, but didn't swing for the fences, like a real slugger... And, THAT home run hitting slugger is John Kasich.

 

monk27's picture

I hear this shit every day from every TV station, I most definitely don't need MDB repeating the same crap while trolling one of the few reasonable sites left in this world...

FixItAgainTony's picture

But MDB's concise propatainment saves us from hours of MSM mind shaping.

yogibear's picture

Hillary will start WWIII. Look at her war mongers, Kagel and Nuland. Both Clintonites.

Hillary's reckless  foreign policy in Benghazi killed Americans.

Those Russian 20 MT nukes pack a mighty punch. Karma.

Near one of these cities with the red dot on it. They'll hit the bunkers and Norad more than once.

The Chinese also have US targets.

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/nuclear/us-nuclear-target-map/

cossack55's picture

All of a sudden Maine is lookin' kinda sweet.

edotabin's picture

This may sound odd but if a nuclear war breaks out, there's two places to be:  Either extremely close to the detonation or extremely far away. Nothing on that map would qualify as far enough away.

BarkingCat's picture

not really. it has a naval base.

PTR's picture

Careful:  if Steven King is the barometer, people there still haven't figured out that that's wool that's been pulled over their eyes.

French Bloke's picture

Ha - right on dude! Hitlery & WW3 - Bring it on!!! Oops - but isn't that a bit risky you say? I mean, taking on someone who actually shoots back isn't the American way.

DaveyJones's picture

you are soooo right MDB

and we know Hillary will be the strongest Commander in Chief because old white house staff swear she was the biggest bitch of a First Lady they ever kept after...

RedDwarf's picture

I give you an A+ for your troll-fu.  Great job, I think some people actually take you seriously.

wren's picture

We are a broke superpower.

Our ally isn't Turkey. Turkey tried to incite a war with Russia.

Saudi Arabia is not our ally. They create terrorists.

Russia doesn't invade sovereign nations. Ukraine used to be part of the Soviet Union. Ukranian people identify more with Russia than the US. Russia did not invade Syria. We invaded Syria without consent meaning we broke international law. Syria invited Russia in to protect their sovereignty.

Russia isn't an expansionist nation. They have two military instillations outside of Russia. We have tons.

We should have never been in Iraq. But at the same time, we shouldn't have left them to fall after we committed. Sadaam killed many, our war killed thousands, our abandoning them killed thousands of civilians.

War in the Middle East has more to do with money, oil, banks and currency than it has to do with freeing people and protecting them from an oppressive society.

Hillary will drag us deeper into conflict in the Middle East. Anyone that supports her when it comes to foreign policy needs to take a hard close look at her track record. I shouldn't even be arguing with you because anyone who supports her with her record has lost all sense of reason and is incapable of logical thought.

adanata's picture

 

 

Wren... "We" haven't killed them; the Global Central Banking system; led by the BIS, and their puppet henchmen in DC, London, Tel Aviv and elsewhere have murdered millions. The U.S. public/sheeple have yet to see through the smoke screen of "terrorism" and recognize the global banker's ongoing game of chess where some of the moves involve launching illegal wars of aggression, looting, conquest, genocide, rape and pillage on an epic scale. Their bets are made in human lives. The American people; nor any other people, would ever knowingly consent to this; hence the smoke screen. Will the Sheeple ever figure it out? Unlikely but still possible; hopium never dies.

Rollo57's picture

"War in the Middle East has more to do with money, oil, banks and currency than it has to do with freeing people and protecting them from an oppressive society."

 

Exactly the same in S America, Brazil are currently having a 'colour revolution' [American Regime Change] as an attack on BRICS and Venezuela are being Financially strangled because they wont use 'Dollar' to sell their oil. Just as Saddam, Gaddafi and Assad wouldn't.

Ukraine was an attempt to lull Russia into a war, as part of their NWO, One World Government, which TPP-TTIP is their next move and purposely excludes BRICS nations. It's a West v East for the right to Trade, all enforced by US / UK Corporations & Banks.

Nexus789's picture

You mean try maintain the empire through via intimidation and fear.and the use of the empire's storm troopers screw over other nations.

steelhead23's picture

I am afraid you misread the article.  The DoD is NOT leaving Turkey - it is evacuating civilians and family members.  Frankly, I see this as ominous.  What risk is so imminent that they are getting civies the hell out of the AO?  Rather than turning tail and running, it looks to me like the DoD is about to cause that increase in risk - by escalating the conflict.

DCon's picture

You are either a sarcastic genius or a deluded fool

Captain Chlamydia's picture

MDB you're not making sense, as usual. Try CNN or become a spokesman for the White House. They probably love your linguistic vomit. 

Mike Masr's picture

With all the chaos, controversy and scandals swirling around the Clintons, Donald Trump will have a field day attacking this useless piece of shit. Don't they remember the 1990's? 

With all the problems this country is facing I can't believe there are people dumb enough to vote for Hillary. A Hillary presidency would give us 4 years of scandals and investigations!  

Wing_attack_Plan_R's picture

i'm Hillary Clinton, and i approve this comment ... because i wrote it myself!

1033eruth's picture

Here is an armchair idiot that believes the US taxpayers are responsible for patrolling and providing security to the world.  

You know WHY this moron is happy with that position.  Its because the cost is SOCIALIZED.  Were this idiot to pay out of his pocket for all of these global "niceties", for the people that refuse to believe this is our responsibility (that would be me), then he would have to rethink his financially irresponsible position.  

Eventually, there would be so few people wanting to cough up for global happiness, idiot above would have to say, NO MAS.  I can't afford anymore.   But he knows how well theft by government works in the US, so he'll never abandon his thieving ways.

Rollo57's picture

"What is going on with our foreign policy? We are the world's only superpower, yet we abandon our allies in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, we back down while Russia invades sovereign nations, and we abandon our responsibilities in Iraq?" 

 

You really have been propagandised, 1. US is not the only super-power. 2. May be 'allies' now, but they aren't playing ball. 3. Russia hasn't invaded any Sovereign nation, they were invited by Syria to fight ISIS. America on the other hand, has destroyed, with falsified evidence, Iraq and Libya, as well as Syria and Aiding and Abetting in Yemen!

As for "fixing your Foreign policy", don't you need one first? Your proxy army [ISIS] is on the run as all your games have been exposed for the whole world to see! You may need to break Hiliary out of jail to get her to do your bidding, which is where any law abiding Judge would send her!

Groundhog Day's picture

Turkey just became the nuclear hot zone

Dubaibanker's picture

Soemthing BIG is gonna happen in Turkey soooooon....

This is from yesterday

Israel urges citizens to leave Turkey, cites Islamic State threat
KCMLO's picture

ISIS and Kurdish resistance has had Turkey in their crosshairs all year and have been attacking them accordingly.  Add to that an unpopular "strongman"-style president and Turkey is pretty damn unstable.  This seems to be a continuation of a decline into chaos, not something entirely new.

Unaccompanied tours in unstable or dangerous countries isn't anything new.  For example, USAF tours in Souda Bay, Crete are unaccompanied.  South Korea... also unaccompanied.  Sure you have that bowl-cut idiot just an hour north of Seoul but overall South Korea is stable and considerably safer (in terms of local crime) than the US.

Demdere's picture

'ISIS opposes Turkey'? Where do you get idiocy like that?  Turkey and the US were strong supporters of ISIS, along with Israel and SA.  Be serious.

BarkingCat's picture

" Sure you have that bowl-cut idiot just an hour north of Seoul "

 

You are still buying that narrative??

 

Dubaibanker's picture

Just found that even Switzerland has issued a major alert for Turkey.

Something is gonna happen soon in all of Europe as well as Turkey....

US also issued a major alert for all of Europe on Mar 24....

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/turkey/en/home/travel-advice/current-...