12 Mar '18, 9pm

US considering permanent cutbacks at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey

Friction between the United States and Turkey may be scaling back the U.S. footprint at the strategically important Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. The U.S. military has curbed combat operations flying out of Incirlik and permanent cutbacks could be in the works, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Although the base has been a critical launching pad for the air campaign against the Islamic State , the opposing objectives of the U.S. government and that of Turkish President Recep Erdogan have driven the two NATO allies apart. Erdogan has focused his efforts away from ISIS’ remaining strongholds and towards the Kurdish enclave in Afrin , Syria, against the wishes of U.S. officials. The enclave houses Kurdish militias that Turkey views as allies of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a separatist group within Turkey. Informal restrictions by the Turkish military tha...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2018/03/12/us-c...

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