Turkey questioning U.S.-led coalition presence at air base: deputy PM

Turkey questioning U.S.-led coalition presence at air base: deputy PM
# 05 January 2017 12:35 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey is questioning the presence of U.S.-led coalition forces at the Incirlik air base, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, reflecting frustration at what Ankara sees as a lack of support for its operations in Syria, Reuters reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told broadcaster A Haber that the issue of the Incirlik air base, used by NATO and the U.S.-led coalition, was on the government's agenda.

Turkey launched an incursion into Syria in August to push Islamic State from its border and prevent Kurdish militia fighters taking ground in their wake. It has questioned why the United States, which backs some Kurdish groups, has not lent support to its latest push around the Syrian town of al-Bab.

The spokesman for Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, Ä°brahim Kalın said on Thursday that Turkey always has the right to shut down Ä°ncirlik. Talking at a pro-government TV named Kanal 24, Kalın responded a question on access to Ä°ncirlik saying that ¨We hold the right to shut down Ä°ncirlik, but before doing it the circumstances would be evaluated.¨

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