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Saturday, July 16, 2016

US Defense Dept: The Turkish government has closed its airspace to military aircraft, and air operations at Incirlik halted

When asked today US Defense Department on the current status of Incirlik Base, I got this respond from Europe/NATO Spokesperson Henrietta Levin:

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Ilhan,


Here is an update on the situation in Turkey and the impact on Incirlik Air Base. You can use this on the record from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook:


"We continue our efforts to fully account for all Department of Defense personnel in Turkey. All indications at this time are that everyone is safe and secure. We will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our service members, our civilians, their families and our facilities. The Turkish government has closed its airspace to military aircraft, and as a result air operations at Incirlik Air Base have been halted at this time. U.S. officials are working with the Turks to resume air operations there as soon as possible. In the meantime, U.S. Central Command is adjusting flight operations in the counter-ISIL campaign to minimize any effects on the campaign. U.S. facilities at Incirlik are operating on internal power sources and a loss of commercial power to the base has not affected base operations."


Best,
Henrietta

Henrietta Levin
Spokesperson, Europe/NATO
Office of the Secretary of Defense

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