Dictator Erdogan’s supporters to march on airbase housing US troops Friday

Turkey's Incirlik Airbase was built by the United States and other NATO members in 1950s

A planned protest will conclude in a rally at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, where US-led coalition troops and equipment are housed, and could involve anti-American sentiment, the US consulate in Adana said in a security message on Friday.

“The demonstrators…plan to rally at 7 p.m. at the entrance to Incirlik Air Force Base,” the message stated. “It is possible that this demonstration will take on an anti-American character.”

The consulate urged US citizens to avoid the Incirlik base on Friday, as well as the Adana Asri Cemetery and the diplomatic mission itself, which is on the protest route.

A group called the Anatolian Youth Union (AGD) organized the rally, the consulate said.

The AGD demonstration marks July 15 Democracy and Freedoms Day, a national holiday declared by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in commemoration of the failed coup on that date last year.

Turkey agreed in late 2014 to allow the US-led coalition against the Islamic State to use Incirlik for operations in Iraq and Syria.

Operations from the base were temporarily halted and electricity cut following the July 2016 coup attempt. The base commander, Gen. Bakir Van, was arrested after unsuccessfully seeking political asylum from the United States.

Source: Komnews

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