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The diplomatic spat continued on Friday when comments made at an Erdogan’s rally once again blasted Votel for criticizing Turkey’s post-coup attempt purge saying "Who are you? Know your place." Erdogan went on to hint once more that the United States planned the failed government overthrow bid.
To this Votel again responded that "any reporting that I had anything to do with the recent unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey is unfortunate and completely inaccurate," Votel said. He was responding to an interpretation of comments made at a think tank in Washington, DC by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Votel of sympathizing with the coup plotters.
While it is common knowledge by now that the failed and/or staged Turkish coup two weekends ago was nothing more than an excuse for Erdogan to concentrate even more power and eradicate all political and independent opposition, a story that has gotten less attention is the sudden, and acute deterioration in US-Turkish relations. This culminated two days ago when the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel was forced to deny on the record having anything to do with the attempted coup in Turkey following pointed allegations from the very top in the local government that the US orchestrated last Friday's "coup", according to a statement
contd:released by the US military on Friday. As Stars and Stripes reported late last week, the recent failed coup and jailing of military leaders in Turkey could impact U.S. operations there against the Islamic State group, Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday at a security conference in Colorado. Votel said the coup attempt in Turkey two weeks ago left him “concerned” about U.S.
Which brings us to today, and the news that NATO's critical Incirlik Air Base was hours ago completely blocked off by Turkey, with all inputs and outputs to the Adana base having been closed according to Turkey's Hurriyet among rumors of yet another coup.
As the Turkish Minister for European Affairs, Omar Celik, tweeted moments ago, this is just a routine "safety inspection", although it has not stopped local papers from speculating that a a second Gulen-inspired coup attempt may be underway.
ADANA'day?m. ?ncirlik veya Adana'daki ba?ka yerle ilgili bir s?k?nt? yok. Genel güvenlik de?erlendirmesi de yapt?k. Herhangi bir sorun yok — Ömer Çelik (@omerrcelik) July 30, 2016
Hurriyet has raised concern that the closing may be tied to an attempt by the Erdogan regime to prevent a second coup attempt. Video: Situation outside #Incirlik airbase in #Turkey where police have closed entrances & exits pic.twitter.com/TBCvQ0KUx6 — Syria Ceasefire (@Syria_Ceasefire) July 30, 2016
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. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off. Security forces armed with rifles and armored TOMA vehicles used by Turkish riot police could be seen at the site in photos taken by witnesses.
Some of radical islamist twitter users telling people to break into the base and kill everybody #Incirlik WARNING! pic.twitter.com/S5PXxGilUh
— osman istanbul (@dertliosman33) July 31, 2016
Indeed, 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."?
Following the coup attempt, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Ergodan imposed a three-month state of emergency in the country. He also jailed more than 13,000 scholars, lawyers and military officers who he suspected of having a role in the July 15 coup.
Yeni Safak, a daily paper known for its loyal support of Erdogan, even reported retired Army Gen. John F. Campbell, former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, was the mastermind behind the attempted overthrow. However, the paper also reported White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the allegations against the general unsubstantiated.
originally posted by: 727Sky
S&F Maybe we should suck up to Putin and ask him to fix this for us simply because everyone we deal with in the mid-east ends up wanting to kill Americans !
Turkey is a beautiful country ran by an idiot whose idea of a happy Turkey is himself in charge of the Turkish version of the Muslim brotherhood and sharia for everyone.
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III taxis for departure July 22, 2016, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Due to an extended loss of commercial power to the base, supplies, including food, water and fuel were delivered to sustain missions here at Incirlik. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin M. Rumbaugh)
originally posted by: AmericanRealist
a reply to: awareness10
no probs. This one taken last week though, now this gets me mad. Petting his damn face like a dog, how disconcerting.