A crowd has been protesting near the Incirlik military base in Adana, Turkey. The facility houses US and NATO forces. The demonstrators are calling for the closure of the base, where arrests and searches were made in connection with the failed coup. Incirlik is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons.
The base has made the headlines recently in connection with the failed coup in Turkey, and searches have been conducted at the facility by Turkish prosecutors and police. The air base commander, General Bekir Ercan Van, has been detained at Incirlik by the Turkish authorities along with over a dozen lower ranking officers, all accused of complicity in the attempted coup.
Meanwhile, Turkish press states that Washington was behind the failed July 15 coup in Turkey. They point out that the failed coup had been funded and organized by the United States government claiming that the CIA had organized the plotters behind the July 25 military putsch. It also fingered retired US Army General John F. Campbell as the principal intermediary between the CIA and the coup plotters in the Turkish military.
At least 290 people died in the coup, including more than 100 coup plotters. Meanwhile, Turkish authorities have announced the closure of 131 media organisations, as a crackdown continues following the failed coup on 15 July.Three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 23 radio stations, 45 papers, 15 magazines and 29 publishers will be shut.