Skip to comments.Top officers at Incirlik Air Base arrested in Turkey coup attempt
Posted on 07/18/2016 10:16:48 AM PDT by Ray76
The top military official at Incirlik Air Base has been arrested, along with other officers at the base
Though the base reopened for air operations Sunday after a 24-hour closure, official media reported the arrest of the top Turkish military official at Incirlik, Gen. Bekir Ercan Van.
Van was among 10 soldiers arrested at the base,
In a rally Saturday, Erdogan publicly addressed President Obama, saying Gulen must be turned over to Turkey, and another official, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, said failure to do so was tantamount to an act of war. Labor Minister Suleyman Soylu said he believed Washington was behind the coup.
Sunday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, We think it's irresponsible to have accusations of American involvement..."
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
That rare display of unity was probably about fear. Those secular leaders will not be around much longer.
Over the weekend, General Van approached American officials seeking asylum but was refused, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke anonymously because of the sensitive nature of the subject.
The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, told Mr. Erdogan that the government would swiftly examine asylum claims by eight Turkish officers who fled to northern Greece in a helicopter and were detained on charges of illegal entry. Turkey has demanded their extradition.
This is a Turkish base where Americans work out of, and those arrested were Turkish, not American, if I am understanding this correctly.
Sucks to lose.
“If your objective is to kill the king, then you better make damn sure you kill the king.”....................................
You are right. Only a teeny little detail omitted in the LATimes headline.
Eight more just arrested today.
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