Tuesday, March 29, 2016

US military orders families of Defense dept personnel to leave southern Turkey

The United States military ordered the families of Defense department personnel to leave southern Turkey on Tuesday amid security concerns, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

The official blog of the United States European Command posted a statement which said that all family members of DoD personnel were ordered to leave "Adana (to include Incirlik Air Base), Ismir, and Mugla, Turkey...due to continued security concerns in the region."

The statement continued to reaffirm the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the ISlamic State group.

"The United States and Turkey are united in our common fight against ISIL, and Incirlik continues to play a key role in counter-ISIL operations," the statement said, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group.

The statement quoted the Commander of the US European Command, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, as saying that “the decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense.”

“We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism,” Gen. Breedlove added...

1 comment:

  1. Decisions by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense to order family members of U.S. government workers to leave some parts of Turkey were coordinated, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday...

    The State Department decision to issue a travel alert for Turkey was several weeks in the making, the official said, and was not related to this week's nuclear security summit in Washington that will be attended by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.


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