50 U.S. Nuclear Bombs Are Housed At A Base 70 Miles From ISIS — ‘The Warning Bells Are Ringing’

Thursday, August 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Daniel Jennings
OffTheGridNews.com
August 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Turks tried to take control of a US Air Force base this summer, where at least 50 nuclear bombs are stored, raising the possibility that radical Islamists could take control of dozens of America’s most dangerous weapons.

The facility, Incirlik Air Force Base, is just 70 miles from Syria, where ISIS is fighting. Adding to the tension, Turkey Wednesday sent tanks into Syria to battle ISIS.

Some estimates put the number of bombs at the facility as high as 90.

“From a security point of view, it’s a roll of the dice to continue to have approximately 50 of America’s nuclear weapons stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey,” Lucie Heeley of the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, told the AFP wire service.

The Stimson Center issued a report August 14 that warned that the nuclear bombs kept at the facility were in danger of falling into the hands of “terrorists or other hostile forces.”

The protestors who stormed the gates in late July blamed the US for a July 15 military coup that tried to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power, Peter Pry wrote at Newsmax. The coup collapsed and left Turkey in chaos.

“While we’ve avoided disaster so far, we have ample evidence that the security of U.S. nuclear weapons stored in Turkey can change literally overnight,” former White House National Security Council staffer Steve Andreasen wrote in The Los Angeles Times on August 11.

Andreasen said the stockpile – what he called one of the largest in Europe — should be removed from Incirlik.
Incirlik is technically a Turkish base, although a large numbers of Americans are stationed there due to it being a NATO facility. The troops guarding the base are Turks, but those protecting the nuclear weapons are Americans.

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