Monday, August 1, 2016

Turkey Update

High Ranking US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Dunford is heading to Turkey for talks:
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived at the Turkish southern Incirlik airbase on Monday, local private broadcaster NTV reported. Sputnik News,.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — According to the Turkish broadcaster, Dunford is expected to meet US troops and hold talks with Turkish high-profile military officials in Ankara.
The Department of Defense has this description of the talks:
Chairman in Turkey to Meet With U.S. Troops, Turkish Officials. DoD News, Defense Media Activity. August 1, 2016,
[Joint Staff spokesman Navy Capt. Greg] Hicks said Dunford will deliver messages condemning in the strongest terms the recent coup attempt and reaffirming the importance of the U.S.’s enduring partnership for regional security as symbolized by coalition operations out of Incirlik in the counter-ISIL fight, and the importance of Turkey's contributions to both the counter-ISIL coalition and NATO alliances.
Analysis is sparse, but there is a good article on background politics in the Asia Times here:


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