Turkey may shut US nuclear weapons base over sanctions threat

Turkey’s leader says his country could close two military installations where American troops are stationed “if necessary”.

One of the sites, called the Incirlik air base, is where some US nuclear warheads are kept. The other is the Kurecik radar station.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in response to a threat of American sanctions over Ankara’s military offensive in Syria targeting US-backed Kurdish forces.

His comments also followed a US senate resolution over Armenian claims about mass killings a century ago – a move which has further increased tensions between Ankara and Washington.

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London
Image:Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan pictured this month at a NATO summit in London

The resolution last Thursday recognised the Armenian deaths in eastern Anatolia in 1915 were genocide.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *