Coup attempt raises fresh questions about safety of U.S. nuclear stockpile in Turkey



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To the extent that news coverage of the coup attempt in Turkey touched on how the coup might affect the U.S. military presence in the country, the focus was on air operations the United States has been conducting against ISIS from the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey. The base is located sixty-eight miles from the Syrian border.

The base was closed for a few hours, and there were conflicting reports as to whether the post-coup Erdogan government would allow the United States to continue to use the base in the campaign against the Islamist organization.

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