U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli
On Sept. 3, amid concerns over safety, the military urged families of troops and diplomats living in southern Turkey to consider evacuating. This voluntary evacuation could affect as many as 900 people and comes as Turkey authorizes U.S. aircraft to fly combat missions over Iraq and Syria from Incirlik Air Base.
"This decision was made out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base," said Peter Cook, a Pentagon spokesman, reports Military Times. "This is not being done because of any specific new threat. We've been at an elevated force protection level in Turkey, at Incirlik, for some time, now.”
The voluntary withdrawal only applies to families of U.S. troops at Incirlik and diplomats’ families at the consulate in Adana.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.