2nd Coup Being Thwarted? 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles surround Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, Erdoğan Points Finger at Commander of US Central Command
TMR Editor’s Note:
As TMR initially reported right after the first coup attempt, not only will this story NOT go away, it will only get bigger. There is no geopolitical event in 2016, with the exception of BREXIT, that even comes close to the far-reaching ramifications of the U.S.-sponsored coup d’état in Turkey. Because of the sheer depth and breadth of the betrayal of Turkey by the U.S. military and NATO, it will be virtually impossible to repair the damage … as long as President Erdoğan is in power.
In view of the current deteriorating state of affairs, the USA will continue to respond in such a manner so as to galvanize another coup attempt. It appears that one may have just been tried. Such desperation reflects the fact that Incirlik Air Base “houses between 50 and 90 US tactical nuclear weapons”.
The preceding highly inconvenient factoid is undoubtedly driving the US CENTCOM (and NATO) absolutely crazy. What could be more scary to the USA & Company than a Turkey ruled by Erdoğan which has taken possession of such a large nuclear arsenal?!
Not only that, but the stakes are made even higher because of the extremely strategic and tactical role that Incirlik Air Base plays in the fake war on ISIS. Much more importantly, however, is the critical location that Incirlik Air Base occupies on NATO’s southeastern flank. Without it, NATO is highly exposed to all sorts of military threats, both real and perceived.
What also appears to be at the crux of the coup staged by the CIA, MI6 and MOSSAD is that Erdoğan’s Turkey was no longer seen as a reliable partner-in-crime (especially war crimes). Once he made up with President Vladimir Putin himself, Turkey was blacklisted for a coup, which is exactly what happened. Washington, London and Tel Aviv wasted no time in launching the ill-fated coup in spite of the fatally flawed execution plan and the fact that it had been uncovered — in all of its fine details — by Russia.
The bottom line here is that the planned World War III being instigated by the Western powers in the Middle East was irreversibly thwarted. And, it was the extreme impatience on the part of the Chicago-based Neocon Zionist cabal which self-sabotaged the inordinately reckless takeover scheme.
Which brings us to the real $64,000 question here.
Why did the Anglo-American Axis (AAA)* even decide to proceed with a coup that was certain to fail … miserably? That question will soon be answered by game-changing events which are soon to unfold throughout the Mideast geopolitical chessboard.
Putin’s Russia is, right now, quite busy working behind the scenes rearranging the entire chessboard now that the world community of nations has seen the Russian armed forces rule the Northern Levant with unanticipated military prowess and political control.
The AAA lead nations no longer have any credibility anywhere in the Middle East now that the whole world knows that a Zio-Anglo-American conspiracy funded, armed and materially supported the creation of the Islamic State. When the true notion that C.I.A. = ISIS is in the minds of every Mideast leader, what good can come from further collaboration with the treacherous AAA leadership? Likewise, when every act of war-profiteering with ISIL was exposed by Erdoğan’s Turkey, the AAA’s main partner in the unprovoked war of aggression across the Northern Levant, who would ever trust Washington or London or Tel Aviv again?
By the way, has ISIS ever threatened their supposed arch-enemy Israel?! Why has the DAESH leadership stayed away from attacking all the US-controlled areas and oil assets, but permitted to uninterruptedly pump oil all day long in those safe areas right up to the present?!
Posted below is a good update on the second shutdown of Incirlik Air Base this month. Sure does sound like there’s some serious trouble in paradise for the U.S. overseers and NATO commanders.
*Anglo-American Axis (AAA)
The Anglo-American Axis is represented, first and foremost, by the major English-speaking countries of the world: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. The European member nations of NATO, such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are also closely aligned with the AAA as are all the Scandinavian countries. So are the Asian Pacific Rim nations of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar also owe their allegiance to the AAA but some of these may be changing. The World Shadow Government is an ultra-secret, supranational organization which completely controls the Anglo-American Axis, as well as the European Union, NATO, among many other institutional entities which constitute the Global Control Matrix.
(Source: Vladimir Putin’s Russia: Perfect Foil To The Anglo-American Axis And Their New World ‘Order’)
Turkey Surrounds, Blocks Access To NATO’s Incirlik Airbase Amid Speculation Of Second Coup
While it is common knowledge by now that the failed and/or staged Turkish coup two weekends ago was nothing more than an excuse for Erdogan to concentrate even more power and eradicate all political and independent opposition, a story that has gotten less attention is the sudden, and acute deterioration in US-Turkish relations. This culminated two days ago when the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel was forced to deny on the record having anything to do with the attempted coup in Turkey following pointed allegations from the very top in the local government that the US orchestrated last Friday’s “coup”, according to a statement released by the US military on Friday.
As Stars and Stripes reported late last week, the recent failed coup and jailing of military leaders in Turkey could impact U.S. operations there against the Islamic State group, Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday at a security conference in Colorado. Votel said the coup attempt in Turkey two weeks ago left him “concerned” about how U.S. operations and personnel at Incirlik Air Base will be affected.
“Turkey of course …sits on an extraordinarily important seam between the central region and Europe,” Votel said at the Aspen Security Forum. “It will have an impact on the operations we do along that very important seam. Obviously, we are very dependent on Turkey for basing of our resources…I am concerned it will impact the level of cooperation and collaboration that we have with Turkey.”
Yeni Safak, a daily paper known for its loyal support of Erdogan, even reported retired Army Gen. John F. Campbell, former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, was the mastermind behind the attempted overthrow. However, the paper also reported White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the allegations against the general unsubstantiated.
Votel said Thursday that the United States was “continuing to work through some of the friction that continues to exist” following the failed coup. He did not elaborate.
The general did say some of the arrested Turkish officers worked with U.S. personnel to coordinate airstrikes against the Islamic State group. “Yes, I think some of them are in jail,” Votel said of certain key Turkish military liaisons.
As a result of the coup attempt, U.S. air operations were temporarily suspended and the Turkish government cut power to Incirlik.
The diplomatic spat continued on Friday when comments made at an Erdogan’s rally once again blasted Votel for criticizing Turkey’s post-coup attempt purge saying “Who are you? Know your place.” Erdogan went on to hint once more that the United States planned the failed government overthrow bid.
To this Votel again responded that “any reporting that I had anything to do with the recent unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey is unfortunate and completely inaccurate,” Votel said. He was responding to an interpretation of comments made at a think tank in Washington, DC by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Votel of sympathizing with the coup plotters.
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Meanwhile, Turkey’s war of words against the US escalated on Friday, when Turkey’s authoritarian despot Erdogan condemned the West for refusing to show solidarity with Ankara, accusing NATO ‘allies’ as being more concerned about the fate of coup supporters than the survival of Turkey are not friends of Ankara. Erdogan blasted the West for criticizing the massive purge of Turkey’s military and other state institutions which has seen 60,000 people detained, removed or suspended over suspected links with the coup and for cancelling 50,000 civilian passports which many worry is but a prelude to an expansion of the reign of terror inside the country.
“The attitude of many countries and their officials over the coup attempt in Turkey is shameful in the name of democracy,” Erdogan told hundreds of supporters at the presidential palace in Ankara.
“Any country and any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coupists are not our friends,” said Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and perhaps death on the night of the coup.
As Sputnik notes, the statements come in response to US National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s statement on Thursday that the purges were harming the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq by stripping away key Turkish officers who had worked closely with the United States.
“My people know who is behind this scheme… they know who the superior intelligence behind it is, and with these statements you are revealing yourselves, you are giving yourselves away.” The remarks come at a troubling time only one day after over 5,000 protesters yelling “death to the US” marched towards NATO’s critical Incirlik Air Base which houses between 50 and 90 US tactical nuclear weapons before security officials successfully dispersed the raging demonstrators.
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Which brings us to today, and the news that NATO’s critical Incirlik Air Base was hours ago completely blocked off by Turkey, with all inputs and outputs to the Adana base having been closed according to Turkey’s Hurriyet among rumors of yet another coup.
As the Turkish Minister for European Affairs, Omar Celik, tweeted moments ago, this is just a routine “safety inspection”, although it has not stopped local papers from speculating that a a second Gulen-inspired coup attempt may be underway.
ADANA'dayım. İncirlik veya Adana'daki başka yerle ilgili bir sıkıntı yok. Genel güvenlik değerlendirmesi de yaptık. Herhangi bir sorun yok
— Ömer Çelik (@omerrcelik) July 30, 2016
Hurriyet has raised concern that the closing may be tied to an attempt by the Erdogan regime to prevent a second coup attempt.
— Syria Ceasefire (@Syria_Ceasefire) July 30, 2016
Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt.
Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off. Security forces armed with rifles and armored TOMA vehicles used by Turkish riot police could be seen at the site in photos taken by witnesses.
— Brasco_Aad (@Brasco_Aad) July 30, 2016
— osman istanbul (@dertliosman33) July 31, 2016
Indeed, the massive presence of armed police supported by heavy vehicles calls into question the Turkish government’s official line that the lock down at the Incirlik base is merely a “safety inspection.”?
— Levent Tekin (@Levent_Tekin) July 30, 2016
Local media has focused on the base after the failed coup in Turkey occurred the night of July 15. Although the main scenes of the events were Istanbul and Ankara, Incirlik was shut down for a time by local authorities shortly after the putsch, and several Turkish soldiers from the base were deemed by Turkish officials to be involved in the overthrow attempt.
The lockdown at Incirlik follows a massive wave of protests on Thursday when pro-Erdogan nationalists took to the streets yelling “death to the US” and called for the immediate closure of the Incirlik base. Security personnel dispersed the protesters before they were able to make it to the base.
And while there has been no official statement from US armed forces stationed at Incirlik at this time, the situation continues to develop in front of the air bBase as more heavy trucks have been dispatched to surround and block access to the critical military facility.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 30, 2016
It is unclear if Erdogan is naive enough to think that he can out-bluff and out-bully the US and keep Incirlik hostage until he gets Gulen repatriated by Obama on a silver platter, a hostage “tit for tat” we first described two weeks ago. If so, one wonders, if he is doing so alone, or with the moral support of others, perhaps such recently prominent enemies of Erdogan as Vladimir Putin. Recall that just over a month ago Erdogan publicly apologized to Putin for downing the Russian Su-24 fighter jet in November, and called Putin “a friend.”
Finally, at least as of this moment, it appears that theairspace around Incirlik is closed.
— Serbo-Canadian (@SerboCanada) July 31, 2016