Sunday, July 17, 2016

How Secure Are The 50+ U.S. Nuclear Tactical Weapons At Turkey's Incirlik Air Base?

Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey © Murad Sezer / Reuters

RT: Local authorities block access to air base in Turkey that houses US nukes

Movement in and out of the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey was blocked on Saturday by local military authorities. The NATO base stores US tactical nuclear weapons.

Access to the base has now been restored and flights are again allowed in its airspace, Daily Sabah reports, citing the US consulate in Turkey.

"Local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut," the US consulate in Adana said in a message.

"Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored," it added. No further details were provided.

According to CNN, power to the facility was also cut.

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WNU Editor: There are approximately 50 U.S. nuclear weapons at Turkey's Incirlik Air Base .... Reports: US nuclear 'upgrades' in Europe (DW), others are saying that the number is higher. Should we be concerned .... yes .... especially after reading this .... Turkey's Incirlik Airbase Left Without Electricity - Reports (Sputnik). Not surprising .... U.S. forces are now operating under "Operation Delta" .... U.S. Troops at Turkish Air Base on Highest Force Protection Level (ABC News). The White House is clearly concerned .... Obama urges rule of law in Turkey, U.S. warns of damage to relations (Reuters).

Update: Here is an old post on the status of U.S. nuclear weapons in Turkey .... The status of U.S. nuclear weapons in Turkey (Alexandra Bell and Benjamin Loehrke, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).

Update #2: I hope this is not true from VICE News on U.S. nuclear weapons in a host country ....

.... Only the US president can approve their use, but the host nations have to approve the bombs leaving the country. Thus the weapons can serve as a deterrent while also being virtually unusable.

Does this mean that if the U.S. wants to move these weapons out of Turkey they must get Turkish President Erdogan's permission .... or does this apply only for wartime conditions? And what happens if he says no?


Stephen Davenport said...

I have experience with this kind of thing since I was in the Air Force years ago and trust me they are secure, if they are really there. Don't believe everything you read.

ZAlgra said...

I have the sneaking suspicion that F22's are in Turkey and have been for awhile. I would say there are a lot of safeguards in place to protect any US military hardware.

RRH said...

The best safeguard would be not to have the damn things in Crazyland at all. But when you're from Stoopidland these things tend to happen.

Somebody said this is all under control.

I have experience with this. I was in Afghanistan.

Don't believe everything you read.

RRH said...

There are unconfirmed, likely false, reports of explosions at the base and F16s taking off.

Last night news out or Turkey regarding the coup was play by play. The Incirlik situation reporting is eerily quiet in comparison.

Young Communist said...

Those are tactical warheads, not ICBM, but better move them out from Turkey, now.

Relations are going to deteriorate.

Si-vis-pasen- said...

A broken arrows case? On the making.

Bob Huntley said...

No backup generator?