Turkey Will Close Incirlik Air Base If Needed – Turkish Official

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Turkey Will Close Incirlik Air Base If Needed - Turkish Official

JAGEL, GERMANY – DECEMBER 10: A Bundeswehr Luftwaffe ECR Tornado reconaissance jet departs for Incirlik airbase in Turkey (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

On February 11, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık didn’t rule out the possibility of closing the NATO’s Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey. According to the Turkish Ahval newspaper, Işık said that Ankara would not hesitate to close the airbase, if its long-term interests require it.

“If Turkey’s medium and long-term interests require to take a step [to close the base] Turkey certainly would not refrain from taking this step,” Işık said during a press conference, according to the Türkiye newspaper.

When asked by journalists if Turkey is currently considering closing the Incirlik airbase, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister didn’t confirm or deny but he said that the decision-making mechanisms in Turkey “always hold each and every subject in an evaluation.”

2017 witnessed a fall in the relationship between Washington and Ankara mainly due to the US major support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Later, the tensions between the two sides reached a higher level when the Turkish Army launched a military operation against the YPG in the Afrin area in northern Syria on January 20.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even warned on January 24 that Turkey will attack areas held by the US-led coalition on its border, including the city of Manbij. In response, US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel said on January 29 that the US is not going to pull out its forces from Manbij despite Turkish statements.

While it is highly unlikely that Washington and Ankara will clash in Syria, a solution for this crisis is also far from possible now. The US is not ready to give up on Kurdish forces yet.

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  • Rob

    T-r-u-m-p and N-e-t-a-n-y-a-h-u are the only terrorists that have thermonuclear weapons, ICBMs and fighter planes.

    • JIMI JAMES

      Albeit,much se’lower,inaccurate and lethargic performers compared to the best on mother earth!
      (PERIOD)

  • World_Eye

    Oh please do it, Turkey you will fuck the US so much in the ass that will hurt them, then they can go and park at Greece or Cyprus or where ever the fuck they want, nice move let them chose, either you are with your NATO Ally Turkey and you want to keep them close that base it’s a heart for the Neo-Ziokons for Middle East, or GTFU and/or go make a new base with your Kurdish friends in Syria. Yes

    • JIMI JAMES

      Won’t be in cyprus that’s for sure,greece on the other hand with that atheist lieing gimp at the helm,may be the cakewalk in the park,not just for the new wave demented queers whom support!

      • You can call me Al

        I go Saudi Arabia and Israel meaning an even greater number of bases.

      • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

        Sadly, Greece is a US/EU/NATO vassal state that does what it is told. The Greeks will bend over for Uncle Sam whenever called upon. Not that different to my own UK.

        • Shylo Duffy

          Yup so does my Canadian Govt we bend pretty close to the ground for Uncle Sam leaving the rest of us Canadians feeling like dogs.

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            I know what you mean. I bristle at the thought of just how low the UK has sunk to. The former proud imperial power is just another stooge nation of the US expansionalists, exceptionalists and supremacists. (And I am a British Indian!)
            There isn’t an ounce of critical thinking remaining in the UK elite.
            It was so delicious to see this ossified and servile elite get such a good kicking with Brexit vote.
            The shock in their collective faces was mouthwateringly delicious!

          • velociraptor

            Great Britain signed for help during WW2 agreement for 99 years, that yanks can have bases on their territory.

        • velociraptor

          There is no vassal country. Especially not Greece. Greece already left one time NATO, after war with Turkey. And see, nobody punished them. In india is no freedom, in Europe is.

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            All the US “allies” are slave states.

          • velociraptor

            Far not. Better be in ally with usa than with russia. You never lived under russians. This is like india under pakis.

      • dutchnational

        Could be the two bases on Cyprus that are in UK sovereignty.

        Jordan is possible and even Northern Syria if the US can find a quasi legalistic way to remain there longterm.

    • Barba_Papa

      Jordan will probably be the most likely host, as its relatively close. Many of America’s NATO vassals already base their token contributions there.

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    • dutchnational

      Always thought Turks are closet homo sexuals. Glad you confirm my thoughts.

  • leon mc pilibin

    Kick the zionist jewsa out.Dont forget they tried to organise a Coup against the country not long ago.What are you waiting for?

    • M.kad

      They wait because they are afraid. Like many other politicians all over the world, Erogan also knows what the USA can do. They have still many options like assasinating him!
      Closing the incirlik base and changing the fronts would be the last step.

      • Weldon Cheek

        Turkey is still in nato,the choice between losing such a big asset and supporting the kurds just to piss of the syrians is obvious,the U.S. isnt interested in freedom and rojava and all that shit,its its a strategic placement,they have assets in jordan and also in turkey this area in syria is just another one,its much more expendable,the turkish base is nato,the kurdish areas are solely american there will be added pressure from the other forces being dragged into this american mess.

  • Rob

    TURKEY WILL CLOSE INCIRLIK AIR BASE IF NEEDED – TURKISH OFFICIAL.

    Turkey will never close Incirlik air base because it supports Turkey, Israel and Washington mission to keep continue invading Syrian nation until divide it into small pockets.

    • JIMI JAMES

      Not if qatar,iraq,iran,pakistan,china,syria+ hezbolla can help towards total us/zio decimations!

  • velociraptor

    IF Turkey does this move, then yanks immediately create Kurdistan with new 3 alternative air bases.

    • Rodger

      And Syria would thank them for them later as they would be illegal and would become Syrian property in the near future.

      • velociraptor

        Syria never will be united.

        • Bob

          Keep on fantasizing about that Yinon Plan, down there in Tel Aviv.

        • John

          Syria was fine before outsiders messed with it.

    • Barba_Papa

      Kinda hard to supply air bases in landlocked and surrounded Kurdistan, when they have to fly in everything by air. That kinda makes logistics extremely hard and very expensive. Inçirlik, and Jordan too for that matter, had the advantage of distributing fuel and munitions cheaply over land, via truck or train.

      • velociraptor

        They will solve this little problem. First, closing of airbase =/= forbidden allflight for NATO partners. Second, Through iraq, Jordan. In this cae USA woukd create large Kurdistan in Syria.

        • You can call me Al

          Iraq, not sure about that. The Iraqi and US relationship is become tense and sour.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Iraq has asked them to leave altogether no minimum bases or anything and Abadi has bigger support than expected. Abdhul Maliki is the last one they want as he is responsible for all the problems in Iraq.

          • velociraptor

            Iraq can ask, but rhere will no answer.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            Currently there are about 200 there and they request will be honored they really have no choice.

      • No harder than Berlin Airlift in 1948. Turks can close the land route, if they try to obstruct air travel it will be a declaration of war against USA. Not even Stalin did that.

    • Rob

      This cannot possible because Turkey and Iran has nuclear weapons and they can use it any time when they need it.

  • D.Szuster
    • FlorianGeyer

      Interesting :)

      Its another Jewish miracle :)

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        OY VEY, IT’S DA SHOAH!! ELA ROI ELAHANU!! MOSELTOV!

    • You can call me Al

      Or one is an infra red and the other a normal shot !!

      • D.Szuster

        Or Israel lost more than one plane

        • You can call me Al

          Well I have read 1 x F16, 1 x F15 (damaged so retired) + 2 x IDF drones, but let’s see.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            The F-15 pilot in that one.

    • Time stamp reads 05:59, Damascus sunrise is 06:21. Skies begin to lighten before sunrise. I like your thinking though. Disinformation is always a certainty.

      • D.Szuster

        According to you first the plane had crashed only then the pilot jumped out…
        As we agree these videos were taken in the morning so how come the pilot jumped out in the daylight and certainly following this the plane crashed at night?

        • Maybe he had helium balloons and he floated about until he was over Zio territory. Then he popped the balloons and opened the parachute! :D

  • Lumen

    US will never drop support of Kurds, because:
    – supporting Russia/Iran/Syria is no option
    – supporting FSA (=ISIS) is no option

    so there is not much left to be supported ;)

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Got a point. Maybe they should just stop killing Syrians, pack up and leave. That would be a sign of intelligence.

    • Pat O’connor

      Are the Kurds in the Afrin going to drop the US is the question. Given Washington’s speedy dumping of their compatriots in Iraq we cannot rule out the Kurds going over to the Government side.

  • Lumen

    For obvious reasons the US cannot support Russian agenda, and while US supported FSA in the past, it alwas turned out to be a failure/abuse and weapons/Stuff ended in ISIS hands ;)

  • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

    Turkey has a simple choice. Either these NATO bases are closed or these NATO bases close Turkey itself. The 2016 US/EU/NATO/GCC instigated coup was a close shave and a warning that Turkey must heed.
    With the dissolution of USSR in 1991, I really do not see why Turkey is in NATO. It now has the freedom to expand relationship with the Turkic world in Central Asia unhindered by imperial Russia or communist Soviet Union.
    Why is Turkey in NATO?
    Do they have a death wish???

    • I’m not understanding why an Armenian would offer “helpful” advice to Ottomans.

      • dutchnational

        If Turkey is out of Nato, it can be attacked by anyone without real consequences. Were there ever a Russian Turkish falling out again, Armenia can attack Turkey alongside Russia. They have a score to settle.

        • This is what I guessed. Yerevan’s advice is not meant to be helpful! :D…I notice the Ottoman fanboys here love referencing the “great” Turkish War of Independence 1919-1923. With Sultan ErrDawg running the Empire they may soon get the chance to try fighting a multi-front war again! :D

        • M.kad

          do you really think Nato would support Turkey 😂😂😂😂

      • Ronald

        I fear this “Turkish – American dispute” is just smoke and mirrors . US already “owns” east Syria with the oil fields , Turkey takes Afrin and Idlib . Turkey and US kiss and make up by joining the two territories and creating the new “Sunnistan” , as the Kurds got chewed up and replaced by Arabs . Turkey gets the oil .
        I hope I’m wrong .

        • Interesting scenario. I don’t think the new weapons convoys support your thesis. I expect we will see soon enough!

      • Akarnanas57

        The same way the Anglo-Americans offer “HELP” to Greece (Cyprus, Macedonia, North Epeiros, etc. etc. etc.)

        • Serbia too. Bill Clinton helped them by bombing churches, hospitals, schools, trains and buses.

    • M.kad

      why! you should know that usa don’t let any country leave Nato so without consequences.

  • You can call me Al

    Remember that Germany has already pulled its forces out of Incirlik air force base in Turkey.

    • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

      Gee, that will have changed the balance of power!
      Let’s see the Yanks squeal when they are kicked out of Turkey as an existential threat. This should be timed with Pakistan closing NATO access to Afghanistan to make these squeals loud enough for even the most ignorant and lazy Pleb to hear loud and clear.

      • Shylo Duffy

        How I wish that would actually take place.

  • Weldon Cheek

    Turkey would gain so much praise for doing this that its worth doing just for the admiration! It would be amazing to see the U.S. packing their bags and getting thrown out on its arse! Or even better seeing them make a choice of losing such a massive strategic position or seeing the kurds crying on their knees as the U.S. forces roll on out and wave bye bye and the saa roll on in and take back all that has been stolen from it!! Either way its going to be so so humiliating for them!.

  • Eskandar Black

    It will not happen.

  • Shylo Duffy

    If this was a true break between the yanks and the Turks Turkey would have closed It long ago.
    Like everything else I have a hard time believing anything Turks and the West say..As far as I’m concerned they are both one side of the same coin and they always would be…I can’t for the life of me understand why Turkey puts up with the US! They’ve never been stright up with them, they keep the Turks dangling never invite them to their club houses.When will the the Turks realize this? They have been trying to join EU for yrs but they won’t let them in. Always telling them SOON but soon never comes.

    • zman

      You are unfortunately quite correct. The US and Turkey are two sides of the same coin. Liars, backstabbers and terrorists. I do not take for granted what we see between the US and Turkey as real. Nothing these two could cook up would surprise me in the least. The biggest asset that Turkey has is it’s historical ties to gangs, smuggling and terrorism. All assets the US would hate to lose. But neither wants to dump the other…yet, if at all. Erdo’s biggest problem is himself. He has a way too high assessment of himself and his capabilities.

  • Go ahead and try it, Ottomaniacs. While your at it, seize the nuclear arsenal at Incirlik. See what happens next! :D

  • Best888

    Why would the US not simply move all of the Incilkuk planes and material that remain (rumor is that everything of significant value went out over a year ago) to their new base in the new country of Kurdistan?

    • RedBaron9495

      Who want to ally themselves with the warmongering Americans…..I mean really?