U.S., Coalition air ops against ISIS stymied as Turkey grounds aircraft at Incirlik

U.S., Coalition air ops against ISIS stymied as Turkey grounds aircraft at Incirlik
USAF F-15E Strike Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath) arrives at Incirlik in Nov 2015. (Image: USAF, Tech Sgt. Taylor Worley)

[Ed. – There’s more to this than meets the eye. Erdogan is milking the “coup” for all it’s worth.  NATO may not be able to pay the price of restarting air ops from Incirlik.]

The U.S. and Turkey traded harsh words Saturday in the wake of a failed military coup against the Ankara government, while all air missions against the ISIS terror group out of Turkey were grounded.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed that power had been cut to the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, near the Syria border. Cook also confirmed that Turkey had halted all military flights out of the base, including those by its own jets.

The Pentagon said it was trying to get permission to resume air operations from the base, while adjusting mission operations in the meantime.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavosoglu, for the second time in as many days following the attempted takeover, that left at least 265 people dead and 1,400 wounded.

Despite the support for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government by the Obama administration during the coup, the country’s labor minister suggested Washington was behind the uprising.

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