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[*] posted on 18-10-2019 at 09:50 AM


Urgent: Move US Nuclear Weapons Out of Turkey (excerpt)

(Source: Federation of American Scientists; posted Oct.16, 2019)

By Hans M. Kristensen

Should the U.S. Air Force withdraw the roughly 50 B61 nuclear bombs it stores at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey? The question has come to a head after Turkeyís invasion of Syria, Erdoganís increasingly authoritarian leadership and deepening discord with NATO, Trumpís inability to manage U.S. security interests in Europe and the Middle East, and war-torn Syria only a few hundred miles from the largest U.S. nuclear weapons storage site in Europe.

According to The New York Times, State and Energy Department (?) officials last weekend quietly reviewed plans for evacuating the weapons from Incirlik. ďThose weapons, one senior official said, were now essentially Erdoganís hostages. To fly them out of Incirlik would be to mark the de facto end of the Turkish-American alliance. To keep them there, though, is to perpetuate a nuclear vulnerability that should have been eliminated years ago.Ē

That review is long overdue! [Actually, Iíve heard there have been several reviews and a lively internal debate since the 2016 coup attempt.] Some of us have been calling for withdrawal for years (see here and here), but officials have resisted saying it wasnít as bad as it looked and that the deployment still served a purpose. They were wrong. And by waiting so long to act, the United States has painted itself into a corner where the choice between nuclear security and abandoning Turkey has become unnecessarily stark and urgent.

The situation is even more untenable because Incirlik in just a few years is scheduled to receive a large shipment of the new B61-12 guided nuclear bomb, which would be a recommitment to nuclear deployment in Turkey.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the first deployment of nuclear weapons to Turkey. It is time to bring them home. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the FAS website.

https://fas.org/blogs/security/2019/10/nukes-out-of-turkey/

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[*] posted on 18-10-2019 at 09:34 PM


Turkey raises defence and security spending by nearly 16% in 2020

Kerry Herschelman, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

18 October 2019

Turkish defence and security spending for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) is forecast to reach around TRY119.2 billion (USD20.6 billion), a 15.9% increase compared to 2019, according to the 2020-22 medium-term financial plan published in the official gazette on 10 October after being endorsed by the presidency.

The Ministry of National Defence will receive the largest share: TRY53.9 billion, an increase of nearly 16% compared to FY 2019. This is followed by the General Directorate of Security (police), with TRY38.9 billion, a 15.7% increase from FY 2019, and the Gendarmerie General Command, with around TRY22.9 billion, a 17.2% increase from FY 2019.

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