29 Feb '16, 8pm

New safety warning for U.S. troops at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey

New safety warning for U.S. troops at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey

Saudi jet fighters are parked at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Feb. 26. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the region, including advising Americans to stay away from crowds. (Photo: AP) The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Monday for southeastern Turkey, home to about 5,000 Americans at Incirlik Air Base. The latest warning urges Americans to avoid traveling to the area, particularly near the Syrian border, to "exercise heightened vigilance and caution" in public places and to stay away from crowds or political rallies. The warning comes amid an uptick in violence in Turkey, including a Feb. 18 car bomb in the capital, Ankara. The total U.S. military force deployed at Incirlik has grown from about 1,300 last year to nearly 2,500. Yet the base's increasingly prominent role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria ha...

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