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Old 16th Jul 2016, 15:20
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Incirlik. I wouldnt be surprised if there are Nuclear weapons stored there.
50-90 B61 if you believe what you read.

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Old 16th Jul 2016, 17:20
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Surrendered then decapitated, I bet the next time there won't be any surrendering

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Old 16th Jul 2016, 18:24
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And they want to join the EU....................
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 18:27
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"ISTANBUL ―Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport Saturday morning and declared the attempted coup against his government to be a failure, but also a “gift from God.”


Thank GOD [see what I did there] for Brextit.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 18:54
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Glad I was reading this thread. Learned a few things that disturb me.
Under the plan, nearly 200 B61 gravity bombs stockpiled in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey would be given new tail fins that would turn them into guided weapons that could be delivered by stealth F35 fighter-bombers.
That we still have tactical nukes in Europe, and in Turkey, bugs me. That their number and location are apparently known and bandied about in the open press angers me.
What the heck happened to OPSEC?

As to Incirlik, this dubious "connection" between an exile and the NATO base is a naked bit of political skullduggery. Smells a bit of the Iran Embassy line in 1979.

No further comment, very concerned.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 19:26
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And they want to join the EU....................
I don't think AK party supporters really want to. It's the people who look west and are against them that think it would help them to remain western and secular. Generalisations are of course all wrong but I am only trying to suggest one of the issues that's going on: Turkey is basically split between Ataturk fans who believe in secularism and the upraised poor who are religious and don't give a fig about the west or the EU and are delighted to thumb their noses at the educated middle-class EU-likers. Shades of....well...you know.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 19:49
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Turkey's uprising leaders land a helicopter in Greece and seek asylum | Daily Mail Online


Greece claimed it would have to consider international laws before returning them, although it promised to send the helicopter back.

However, Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Greece has now promised to return the 'treacherous soldiers' to be punished in Turkey.

The news comes after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said the nation would consider bringing back the death penalty to deal with them, after it was abolished in 2004


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So send them back to get killed..

The beheaded guy appears in those shots to be still alive
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 21:22
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That's an occupational hazard associated with staging a coup. They surely had to consider the repercussions of a failed attempt. If not, it serves as a cautionary tale for the next group mulling an uprising.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 22:43
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Not exactly what you expect from a fellow NATO country though, I would imagine a lot were simple Conscripts lead like lambs to the slaughter, the majority had already shown by their actions their reluctance to attack their countrymen and that their heart wasn't in it by handing over their weapons. It is just disgusting that they were not protected by the police who they surrendered their arms too.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 23:36
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Off Topic - US Controlled B-61 Security

Lonewolf,

The sites at which these weapons are held has been common public knowledge in Europe (to locals living near the air bases) ever since they were deployed. In the days before Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HASs) were built - before mid-1970s - all those NATO countries allocated US controlled tactical nukes mounted QRA (N) from open ended dutch barns - illuminated at night - with the weapons clearly visible on those aircraft types that carried them externally.

From 1995 they have all been held within Weapon Storage & Security System (WS3) vaults which retract into the floor of individual HASs. Full scale trials were done by the USAF bombing a HAS which destroyed the aircraft inside yet, when raised, the WS3 and dummy weapons were not in any way harmed.

It is in the public domain - in an article published in 2015 by the Federation of American Scientists - that significant upgrades are being carried out to security at Incirlik and Aviano.

Five NATO countries - Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey - still participate in the NATO Nuclear Sharing Program.

WS3:

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Old 17th Jul 2016, 01:20
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I read a story this morning claiming"dogfights" had broken out between jets from opposing factions during the coup??!!
I assume that is just hysterical and inaccurate reporting?
Or is there some basis to this?
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 15:39
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Is the power back on ar Incirlik?
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 20:52
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Normal ops have resumed.
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Old 18th Jul 2016, 11:37
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..."Joining the echo of the calls to prayers were the loud noises of military jets flying over Istanbul skies. The combination of these sounds made me think that yes, these were the sounds of the funeral of free speech, critical thinking, and any other remnants of liberal democratic process in Turkey. I realized in fear and agony that whether the coup was successful or not, one thing was certain: there would no longer be room in Turkey for people who can listen, read, analyze, and think critically. With the siren-like echoes of calls to prayer and military jets, Turkey was becoming a land only for true believers.

This did not happen suddenly. With the crackdown on media, academic freedoms, random arrests, and the increasing violence in the southeast provinces, citizens in Turkey have been facing major limitations on their basic freedoms for the past few years. The attempted coup d'état of July 15 is like the last nail in the coffin. Lying dead in the coffin was the courage to use one’s own understanding (as in Sapere Aude) that relentlessly resisted the rising tide of categorical thinking typical of true believers."........
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Well this makes interesting reading

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights | Reuters

At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.
The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt on Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.
"At least two F-16s harassed Erdogan's plane while it was in the air and en route to Istanbul. They locked their radars on his plane and on two other F-16s protecting him," a former military officer with knowledge of the events told Reuters.
"Why they didn't fire is a mystery," he said.
Fighter jets taking off from another air base at Eskisehir, west of Ankara, were scrambled to bomb Akinci and try to stop the rebels. However, the rogue aircraft were able to keep flying through the night by refueling mid-air after a tanker plane was commandeered, the first senior official said.
The tanker aircraft was taken from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, which is used by the U.S.-led coalition to bomb Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The commander of Incirlik was detained on Sunday for complicity, the official said.
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Old 18th Jul 2016, 14:55
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
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..."Joining the echo of the calls to prayers were the loud noises of military jets flying over Istanbul skies. The combination of these sounds made me think that yes, these were the sounds of the funeral of free speech, critical thinking, and any other remnants of liberal democratic process in Turkey. I realized in fear and agony that whether the coup was successful or not, one thing was certain: there would no longer be room in Turkey for people who can listen, read, analyze, and think critically. With the siren-like echoes of calls to prayer and military jets, Turkey was becoming a land only for true believers.

This did not happen suddenly. With the crackdown on media, academic freedoms, random arrests, and the increasing violence in the southeast provinces, citizens in Turkey have been facing major limitations on their basic freedoms for the past few years. The attempted coup d'état of July 15 is like the last nail in the coffin. Lying dead in the coffin was the courage to use one’s own understanding (as in Sapere Aude) that relentlessly resisted the rising tide of categorical thinking typical of true believers."........
There was something like a coup in 1997 after Erbakan got elected. It was during this time that my boss, a one star Turk, (NATO job) explained to me how in the Turkish constitution, the military is charged with ensuring that Turkey remains a secular and modern nation. (It's more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it). For three days we saw little to nothing of our Turkish colleagues due to the understandable "national issues" and their sincere concerns about "what happens next." They all eventually came back to work, and things moved along pretty well.


The Islamism of the National Outlook Movement (Milli GörüSHareketi), led by Necmettin Erbakan, embraced an anti-Western/European stanceand championed an orthodox conception of Islam from the 1970s to the 1990s. Although the prominent founders of the AKP emerged from this pro-Islamic movement, they learned the "limitation of Islamic politics" from the military's intervention during the February 28 postmodern coup. Subsequently, they departed from the National Outlook Movement, referring to themselves as the "innovators" and by embracing a liberal conception of Islam instead.
The Virtue party looks a lot like a repackaged form of National Outlook: and I'd offer that the latest Islamist party (Erdogan's compatriots) aren't "liberal" in their conception of Islam, nor in its role in the state. Erdogan's recent palace: hmm, something like Saddam's palaces, or is that as much office building as residence?
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 10:51
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Is it just me or did Mr Kerry get the tone wrong with his lecture to Turkey on the importance of democratic institutions. I can imagine what's perceived as hectoring going down badly in Ankara right now and possibly having the reverse of the intended effect.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 13:26
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Is it just me or did Mr Kerry get the tone wrong with his lecture to Turkey on the importance of democratic institutions. I can imagine what's perceived as hectoring going down badly in Ankara right now and possibly having the reverse of the intended effect.
I doubt they pay much attention to anything he says.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 15:57
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Turkish navy ships still missing since attempted coup – as it remains unclear which side admirals are on
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 16:45
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For those among you who have worked with the Turkish Armed Forces what impact would have on moral of the Turkish Forces and how the remaining staff would react/ what they would do to earn back their self-respect?
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