By Lorra B.
No longer wanting American presence in Turkey, a U.S. Military Air Base at Incirlik, filled with thousands of protesters yesterday demanding the base be closed.
Incirlik is a primary NATO base and was affected by the recent coup attempt. “A senior Turkish commander at the base was arrested for joining the coup attempt, and local authorities cut off power to the base after it was discovered coup plotters used a tanker aircraft based there to refuel fighter jets involved in the coup attempt,” reported Daily Sabah Turkey.
It was reported that many Turkish citizens believed it was the U.S. behind the coup.
Americans were cautioned about the protest in advance by U.S. diplomatic missions to steer clear of the demonstration.
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Henrietta Levin, stated, “It did not impact operations at Incirlik.”
The protest was being broadcast by some networks:
Demonstrators were screaming Anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans, according to RT stringer. Police found it necessary to block the military base entrance to avert any possible intrusions and “the US State Department had already informed American nationals in the country that its Adana consulate will close sooner than usual,” reported Press TV.
Either controlled or owned by the United States. Incirlik houses NATO’s largest arsenal of nuclear weapons used to conduct airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
(Picture Credits, Snapshots Press TV)