Pro-government Turkish lawyers have applied for arrest warrants for several US Service members at Incirlik Air Base, alleging they have ties to “terrorist groups.” The same allegation was made against Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is currently under house arrest in Izmir and not allowed to leave the country. Tayyip Erdogan has tied all these people to Muhammed Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim living in the United States whom Erdogan believes was behind the failed coup attempt in 2016. He wants Gulen deported to Turkey.
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The criminal complaint is 60 pages long, and accuses the service members of being connected to an organization called FETO, which is run by Gulen.
According to Stripes,
The lawyers are seeking a temporarily halt to all flights leaving the base and access to execute a search warrant, according to court papers filed last week by the Association for Social Justice and Aid. The group is a well-known, non-governmental organization made up of backers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Pretty sure the US military would not honor a search warrant on base, nor will they allow these officers to be arrested. Lawyers sought arrest warrants for:
Col. John C. Walker, Col. Michael H. Manion, Col. David Eaglen, Col. David Trucksa, Lt. Col. Timothy J. Cook, Lt. Col. Mack R. Coker, and Sgts. Thomas S. Cooper and Vegas M. Clark.
Also named in the complaint were:
Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, retired U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell and Air Force Brig. Gen. Rick Boutwell, director of regional affairs for the deputy under secretary of the Air Force.
The complaint cites that the men are trying to “destroy the constitutional order” of Turkey.
As for the US Air Force response to this situation: “We continue to carry out our mission here at Incirlik Air Base, and we are proud of the relationship we have with our Turkish military partners.” Captain Amanda Herman, USAF
Their “turkish military partners” might be ok, but the government is most assuredly not. The USAF is referring all requests for comment to to the Turkish government.
President Trump imposed sanctions on two Turkish officials for their roles in the Brunson arrest: Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul.
Turkey continues to be called a NATO “friend,” and important “ally.”
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Featured photo screenshot of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey via Al Jazeera