BREAKING: Turkish troops ‘surround’ Incirlik air base; minister announces ‘inspection’

BREAKING: Turkish troops ‘surround’ Incirlik air base; minister announces ‘inspection’
Protesters outside Incirlik air base, 28 July. (Image: Screen grab of Vocal Europe/Periscope video via Twitter)

[Ed. – “Routine safety inspections” don’t generally involve blocking all the entry and exit points in the middle of the night.  The 7,000 sounds like an exaggeration.  At least a wild-overdeployment for any purpose Erdogan could have.  Developing…]

Some 7,000 armed police [by implication, military police, from the other reporting – Ed.] 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.

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