Tag Archives: Turkey

Fallout From Turkey Coup Attempt May Complicate U.S. Operations Against ISIS

Fallout From Turkey Coup Attempt May Complicate U.S. Operations Against ISIS

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has used visits to Incirlik Air Base, such as his December 2015 visit above, to discuss accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. US Army photo.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has used visits to Incirlik Air Base, such as his December 2015 visit above, to discuss accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. US Army photo.

The fallout of an attempted military coup in Turkey will be long felt across Turkish society, but it also raises the immediate question about the United States’ future use of Incirlik Air Base to carry out extensive air operations against the Islamic State, a Middle East expert said today in Washington D.C. Read More

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

Analysis: Implications of Turkish Shoot Down of Russian Warplane

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

A Russian Su-24 Fencer shortly after its was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015.

The ongoing conflict in Syria took a turn Tuesday when a Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 reportedly shot down a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber. The Fencer’s large weapon-payload capacity has made it a favorite for Russian forces supporting their ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The aircraft lost today reportedly was bombing targets near the Turkish border. Read More

Four NATO Ships Enter Black Sea for Annual Exercise, Russian Activity on Rise in the Region

Four NATO Ships Enter Black Sea for Annual Exercise, Russian Activity on Rise in the Region

USS Porter (DDG-78) off the coast of Bulgaria on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78) off the coast of Bulgaria on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

Guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea on Sunday — following three other NATO ships in the last several days — marking a noticeable uptick in activity in the region ahead of military exercises in Bulgaria, according to a Bosphorus Naval News ship spotting site and U.S. 6th Fleet. Read More