Sunday, 31 July 2016

BREAKING: Second Turkish coup underway??

Turkish Police Block Access to NATO's Incirlik Air Base - Home of US Nukes
All inputs and outputs to the Incirlik Air Base located in Adana have been closed as Turkish Minister of European Affairs cautions that it is just a "safety inspection" while local newspapers speculate that a second coup attempt may be underway.



31 July, 2016, 03.45 MSK

Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt.

According to the Turkish Minister for European Affairs, Omer Celik, this is just a routine "safety inspection." Hurriyet, by contrast, reports that anti-terror police received reports of a second attempt by Gulenists to overthrow the Erdogan regime.

Incirlik Air Base, located in the province of Adana, is a critical NATO base in Turkey. The US maintains 50 to 90 tactical nuclear weapons at the base.
Local media has focused on the base after the failed coup in Turkey occurred the night of July 15. Although the main scenes of the events were Istanbul and Ankara, Incirlik was shut down  for a time by local authorities shortly after the putsch, and several Turkish soldiers from the base were deemed by Turkish officials to be involved in the overthrow attempt.
The lockdown at Incirlik follows a massive wave of protests on Thursday when pro-Erdogan nationalists took to the streets yelling "death to the US" and called for the immediate closure of the Incirlik base. Security personnel dispersed the protesters before they were able to make it to the base.
The massive presence of armed police supported by heavy vehicles calls into question the Turkish government's official line that the lock down at the Incirlik base is merely a "safety inspection."​

derken üssünde olağanüstü hareketlilik. giriş çıkışları tutmuş tetikte bekliyor.
 
The situation continues to develop in front of NATO's Incirlik Air Base as more heavy trucks have been dispatched to surround and block access to the critical military facility that is at the heart of the defense alliance's air campaign to combat terror in Syria.
:Dozens of Turkish trucks on the way to block the entries of Air Base now
12:02 PM - 31 Jul 2016

Turkish European Affairs Minister took to Twitter to once again assert that there was a "general security check" at Incirlik Air Base and that "nothing is wrong" there.

A big fat nothing from western news agencies, but this from the BBC.

Turkey's President Erdogan seeks to rein in spy agency after coup



Turkey's president has said he wants to close the nation's military academies and put the spy agency and the military chief of staff under his own control.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the proposals would be brought before parliament.

The measures are the latest in a large-scale crackdown launched after the failed coup on 15 July.

The authorities say Fetullah Gulen was behind the army-led coup in which at least 246 people died. The US-based cleric denies the allegation

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