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An American General Probably Thinks -- "Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!"

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Turkey is the only NATO member in the Middle East region.

Incirlik Air Base

... U.S. stores upwards of 50 B-61 nuclear gravity bombs at Incirlik.

... Construction on the base started by the U.S. in 1951.

... Base has been used heavily for operations against ISIS, but U.S. was denied sortie rights for the 2003 Iraq invasion.

... 10,000 foot runway.

... In the wake of the 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish Government cut power to the air base for several days and closed the airspace around the base.

... Approximately 2,500 U.S. military personnel based at Incirlik.

Izmir Air Station

... Located adjacent to Çiğli air base, a Turkish-run base.

... Home of 425th Air Base squadron, a detachment of the 39th Air Base Wing out of Incirlik Air Base.

Administers the Çiğli AB Loan Agreement. Supports numerous U.S./NATO missions in the Izmir Area, including NATO Allied Land Command Headquarters.

United Arab Emirates

The U.S. maintains approximately 5,000 personnel in the UAE under a defense cooperation agreement. The security relationship between the U.S. and UAE is robust, and has featured combat operations in Afghanistan in which UAE aircraft provided close air support to American troops on the ground.

Al Dhafra Air Base

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
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