Turkey to Kick US Out of Incirlik Airbase if Washington Teams Up With Kurds

Turkey (Sputnik) – Ankara could forbid Washington from using its Incirlik airbase if the United States cooperates with the Kurdish forces, such as the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Popular Defense Units (YPG).

The Yeni Safak newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing own sources, that Ankara could end the permission in case of the cooperation between Washington and the Kurds during operations against the Daesh terrorist group in the area of Raqqa.

The newspaper added that Ankara was also considering the possibility to close the country’s airspace for US aircraft.

The United States, along with several other countries, uses the Incirlik base for aircraft involved in the anti-Daesh campaign in Syria.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey – By Staff Sgt. Vince Parker, U.S. Air Force – Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

The city of Raqqa, which is the “capital” of the so-called caliphate proclaimed by Daesh, is a target for numerous groups fighting against extremists in Syria. Turkey and the Kurdish troops have voiced their plans to liberate the Daesh-occupied city.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

This report prepared by Sputnik.