Turkish lawyers want to raid Incirlik Air Base and arrest U.S. Air Force officers

| August 10, 2018


The Air Force Times reports a group of Turkish pro-government lawyers have filed charges against U.S. Air Force officers associated with Incirlik Air Base, based on allegations that they are connected to a movement that attempted a coup d’état against Turkey’s government in July 2016.

The lawyers seek a temporary halt to all flights leaving Incirlik Air Base — an important staging point for combat operations against the Islamic State group — and access to the base via a search warrant, according to court documents unearthed by the Stockholm Center for Freedom, a group of exiled Turkish journalists.

Depicted in the graphic above are three reasons why this is a very bad idea.

The papers were filed at the chief public prosecutor’s office in Adana, where Incirlik is located. The lawyers who submitted the request are from the Association for Social Justice and Aid, which the exiled Turkish journalists described as a non-governmental organization fronting for senior Turkish officials.

The lawyers also asked in their petition for the “arrest of the commanders of the U.S. Air Force who are the superiors of the soldiers based at ?ncirlik and took a role in the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016,” according to the documents.

U.S. officials did not provide comment on what, if any, actions were planned to deal with the charges, but did deny that the U.S. government was involved in the attempted coup.

“Any reports that U.S. government or military personnel had any previous knowledge or involvement in a Turkey coup attempt are baseless and completely false,” Mark Mackowiak, a U.S. European Command spokesman, told Air Force Times.

“We value the strong, mil-to-mil relationship and partnerships we have with our Turkish counterparts and continue to carry out our important mission at Incirlik,” he added.

The last statement is code for, if these bastards didn’t live at an extremely important choke point, we wouldn’t give them the time of day.

In 1992’s Sea Sparrow Incident, the Turks demanded the executions of American sailors who mistakenly fired two missiles at TCG Muavenet DM-357 (previously USS Gwin) during a NATO exercise. The incident was the result of both human and systemic failures. The sailors who actually fired the missiles were not punished, but the ship’s commanding officer, four other officers and three enlisted men received admiral’s non-judicial punishment, an action which effectively ended their US Navy careers. No one was executed, and the Turks settled for blood money, instead.

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  1. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Those lawyers are really talking Turkey on this matter.

  2. oldgeezer says:

    I hope we have already removed all our nukes from there – even if it had to be in the dead of the night.

  3. ChipNASA says:

    Fuck Turkey right in their fucking fuckhole.

  4. HMC Ret says:

    Fuckem. What follows will be an attempted shakedown. Don’t look for Trump to give them a dime.

  5. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    We should just continue to slam the economically and watch the lira continue to tumble I think it was down another 8-12% today to 6.3 to the dollar, if it tumbles to 7.1 to the dollar that .8 would effectively eliminate all excess capital at most of the major banks in Turkey…beyond that point should it go there and the markets in Turkey are in some serious trouble.

    I suspect they will find themselves circling the drain at some point over the next 24-48 months if they don’t start getting their shit together. We won’t need to fire a shot to bring them to their knees.

    • AW1Ed says:

      In a remarkable “Let them eat cake” moment, Erdogan dismissed concerns about the monetary crisis, saying “we have our god.”

      Your god doesn’t put gas in the car or food on the table, Erdy.

  6. Atkron says:

    I was on the JFK heading across the pond to relieve the Saratoga, the ship that fired the Sea Sparrows that knocked out the bridge of that Turkish ship.

    There was an incredible back story behind why those missiles were fired. It had to do with the Fire Control team being awakened from a dead sleep to take part in a GQ Drill (They were awakened during the drill) and fired the missiles thinking it was real world scenario. (If I remember it all correctly)

    Our Skipper was very cautious after this occurred. I remember hearing that he took all fire control keys from the Sea Sparrow mounts as a result.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Yep, overzealous O’s and senior E’s wanted to really put the pressure on the fire control team, and neglected to mention the “Drill” part to a newly awakened crew.

      Sea Sparrow Incident Jag Investigation Link

      • Mason says:

        So that’s the reason why we had to begin and end every radio transmission with “Exercise message”?

        That’s quite a colossal screw up befitting jail time.

        • AW1Ed says:

          Check the link- it’s a long read, but it explains the reasoning behind the NJP vs a Court-Martial decision. The systemic breakdown happened in the course of training or lack of, communication faults, and chain-of-command issues. The real culprit here was Big Navy, and that can’t be punished. So, yes, ensuring everyone knows that they are participating in an exercise is a direct fallout of this incident. Like NATOPS, it’s written in blood.

    • thebesig says:

      The USS Saratoga was the relief of the Carrier that deployed with us to the Mediterranean. We left the Med in May, 1992.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Move everything out of that base, and firebomb it. Meanwhile, establish a new base in Greece or Macedonia, because both of those countries could use the cash and they’re not too far from Erdogan’s hacienda.

    Turks are simply annoyed because the USA is not trying to squash the Kurds, but has instead allied itself with them.

  8. Snappydan says:

    I think Trump should make a deal to build a new airbase in Israel and we leave Turkey.

    • rgr769 says:

      Erdogan and his crew are Islamists and cannot be trusted. Remember how they double-crossed us with their refusal to allow our troops and aircraft to transit Turkey for the invasion of Northern Iraq, despite their prior representations.

      • AW1Ed says:

        Vividly. And now their buying Russian S-400 Anti-Aircraft systems, another reason for them to be removed from NATO. What they need is a successful military coup. Again.

  9. Mason says:

    Looks like it’s time to pack up and bring our base someplace else. Greece would probably enjoy the extra capital coming in. They’ve got a few stadiums that they’re not using and a really nice, empty light rail system.

    And while we’re at it, figure out how to get them out of NATO. They’re becoming a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  10. CAPT0302 says:

    I see since Dave made his anti-semitic “Jew Lawyer” comment and down voted to hades, we’ve lost the ability to down or up vote.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Yeah, that makes real good sense. Leave the comment up and remove the thumbs up/down for the entire blog. None too bright are you?

    • Mick says:

      CAPT0302? Implying Marine Corps Captain 0302 infantry officer?

      Yeah, all of the real Marine Corps Captain 0302 infantry officers that I have known over the years have always abbreviated their rank as ‘CAPT’.

      Totally legit.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Dave may be a lot of things; I wouldn’t accuse him of being a coward. Even from the safety of my own keyboard.

      Here’s the dust-up:


      I didn’t know Keyboard Commando was a Marine MOS.

      We’re fairly loose here, but in the future please keep your posts in the same zip code as the topic of interest. I also really dislike personal attacks. This is a very good way to invoke the ban hammer. I don’t have that level of permissions here (a good thing, too) but can make your post disappear.

      Take this onboard, I don’t think you’ll get another warning.

      • Mick says:


        Yet another tough guy Keyboard Commando displaying an impressive level of Keyboard Kourage (intentional misspelling).

        — sigh —

        We got rid of the Commissar, for some reason we’re still putting up with Yef’s disrespectful antagonistic garbage, and now this CAPT0302 guy shows up and adds absolutely nothing beneficial to the discussion.

  11. desert says:

    How come my posts are still not coming up?

  12. PLASTIC DUCK says:

    Erdogan is a dictator. Some rightly thinking folks wanted rid of him. It failed so he then went around jailing and murdering anyone he felt or feels may be in opposition to him He still tries to do that even now. He plays the blame game to try to consolidate his position. That’s what dictators do.

  13. 100E says:

    “Pro-Government lawyers” is different than ‘government lawyers’. Erdogan may know about their action, and possibly even condones it, but this appears to be a non-government filing. That said, this looks like the nut job legal filings by “pro” this, or that groups we have here in the USA.

  14. Hondo says:

    It may well be a “non-government” filing. But it may or may not be an action sanctioned by or done at the behest of Ergodan’s government. As a historical example: does the phrase “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome Priest?” ring a bell?

    My bet would be that this is an attempt at an action having plausible deniability on Ergodan’s part. And if so, it’s a relatively poor one.

  15. AW1Ed says:

    But wait there’s more!

    Turkey’s Erdogan stands by opposition to high interest rates

    Reuters Link

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stood by his opposition to high interest rates on Sunday despite sharp falls in the currency, saying the lira’s weakness did not reflect the country’s economic realities.

    Erdogan, who has called himself the “enemy of interest rates”, wants cheap credit from banks to fuel growth, but investors fear the economy is overheating and could be set for a hard landing.

    His comments on interest rates — and his recent appointment of his son-in-law as finance minister — have heightened perceptions that the central bank is not independent.

    He’s going to nationalize the banks, and completely crush whatever life is left of the country’s economy.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Great article!I’m not sure if referencing ZH is cool here but they bring up a valid point, the free fall of the lira is happening and ain’t nothing stopping it (maybe there are, but Erdogan ain’t helping with all that chest thumping).
      Turkey’s impending currency implosion is going to be the equivalent of Venezuela’s but in Europe and a for-now NATO member. Stay tuned!

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Erdodouche announced capital exchange controls after the spike today. I’d bet the farm this gets out of control-er and just to keep the military, civil servants and gov pensioners happy Erdofuct let’s them trade favorably for foreign currencies.
      Anyone want to wager?!
      I thought not.
      Too many factions want to beat up this regime for it to make it.