Turkish Lawyers Want To Raid Incirlik Air Base, Arrest US Troops For Terrorist Ties

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

A group of lawyers aligned to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed formal charges against a number of US Air Force officers who are stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The complaint accuses them of having ties to terrorist groups, and of being in league with the banned Gulenist organization.

Since the failed 2016 military coup, Erdogan has blamed cleric Fethullah Gulen for plots against him, and has been targeting any and all perceived enemies, accusing them of being in league with Gulen. This is the first time US troops, let alone US troops inside Turkey, have faced such charges.

Analysts say they believe the charges are a direct response to last week’s imposition of sanctions against two Turkish cabinet members by the US. The sanctions were imposed in protest of Turkey’s detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held since 2016 on accusations of Gulenist ties.

The criminal complaint names Cols. John C. Walker, Michael H. Manion, David Eaglen, David Trucksa, Lt. Cols. Timothy J.Cook, Mack R. Coker, and Sgts. Thomas S Cooper and Vegas M. Clark. Air Force officials said they were “aware” of the complaint but would not comment beyond that.

The Air Force also praised their relationship with “our Turkish military partners,” though as US-Turkey tensions continue to rise, as they have in recent years, it’s not at all clear how long the US will be able to use the Incirlik base for its military operations in the Middle East.

The lawyers, on the other hand, demanded the government halt all flights out of Incirlik to keep the US officers from fleeing the country, and called on the government to raid the base and seek to capture the officers.

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[ZH: As a reminder, Incirlik is a central hub for US air power in the region and the resting place of a few dozen B-61 nuclear gravity bombs with adjustable yields. Though the bombs are securely confined to the US-controlled side of the base, regularly maintained and looked after, and at little risk of falling into enemy hands, experts have long questioned the wisdom of holding US nuclear weapons in Turkey.]

Comments

BarkingCat beemasters Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:18 Permalink

Some wars should never be started. Some wars end empires.

Look at WW1. When it was over the Ottoman Empire was history, as was Austria-Hungarian Empire as well as Russian Empire. Yes, in reality WW1 ended Russia for almost a century as it was wounded to the point that the Bolsheviks were able to take it over.

Additionally Germany got nearly wiped out.

The map of Europe was largely redrawn. I bet none of those could have foreseen how it would turn out.

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el buitre Amnaroy789 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:39 Permalink

Militarily, Turkey could kick the shit out of any country in NATO other than the USA.  They would not be a pushover, particularly if they buy the S-400's.

NATO losing control of Incerlik would be a total disaster.  The CIA and the Bush crime family would then have to move 100% of their Afghani heroin through Ramstein.  We should not let out brave soldiers die in vain protecting the Afghani poppy fields.

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Baron Samedi BarkingCat Sat, 08/11/2018 - 00:09 Permalink

I think there was a method to the apparent confusion and madness - as AJP Taylor would try to sell it. The story is better told by:

Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War 
by Gerry Docherty and James MacGregor

Prolonging the Agony: How The Anglo-American Establishment Deliberately Extended WWI by Three-and-a-Half Years.Jan 30, 2018 by Jim Macgregor and Gerry Docherty

 

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