The Free Republic website and other sources are reporting the Turks have seized control of a major NATO airbase – and our troops are hostages.
Statement posted by the US embassy in Turkey said that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base adding that the power there has also been cut.
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incirlik Air Base and Adana Airport Information, July 16, 2016:
Be advised that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut. Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored.
This is not the first time the Turks have seized control of an American base in Turkey – in the summer of 1974, I was unlucky to have been stationed at the USASA Sinop Intelligence Base Operations Center located on the Black Sea, when the Turkish military rolled in and seized control.
We had weapons and were ready to open fire on the Turks as they were massing in front of our Operations Building, when order came out to “stand down” and put our hands up.
The Turks kicked the shit out of us for daring to point loaded M-16s, 7.62 mm machine guns and LAWs (Light Anti-Tank Weapons) at them, but they soon calmed down and placed us on military buses for quick transportation on C-141s for Germany…
This was AFTER they took our wallets and other valuables.
I have no love for the Turks.