Turkey, NATO member, is now holding U.S. soldiers hostage — as well as U.S. nuclear weapons.
Turkey ‘shuts down Incirlik air base’ to stop US jets bombing ISIS after Erdogan blasts: ‘You’re no friend of Turkey’
A TURKISH airbase used by the USA to launch attacks on ISIS and store nukes is reportedly under lock-down in revenge for the nation harbouring last night’s “coup mastermind”.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the man he has accused of masterminding Friday’s failed coup.
It comes after reports that Turkey had shut off access to Incirlik air base – stopping the US jets attacking Islamic State – as President Erdogan blames his a “mystic” living in exile in America for last night’s violent uprising.
The Turkish head of state believes his old enemy Fethullah Gulen masterminded the plot to overthrow him and has vowed any country that will “stand by” Gulen “won’t be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with Turkey”.
Appealing to US President Barack Obama on Turkish television, Mr Erdogan said: “Today, after this coup attempt, I’m once again calling on you to extradite this man in Pennsylvania to Turkey now.”
But Gulen has reportedly denied the accusations.
Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey, which stores US tactical nuclear weapons, has been closed by local military authorities in the wake of the attempted coup, according to the US consulate.
A message from the consulate in Adana said: “Local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut.”
Fethullah Gulen is an exiled Islamic preacher who was once a friend and ally of President Erodgen, but the struggling head if state believes his friend-turned-foe’s followers were behind last night’s coup.
With Erdogan’s AKP party increasingly moving towards a support of Islamic-based law a major political fault line divides Turkish society, with half the population supporting a secular nation and the other wanting an Islam-led society.
Gulen initially swung millions in support of his pal, who rose from mayor to prime minister before becoming president in 2014.