ISTANBUL – Agence France-Presse,
Turkish authorities imposed July 16 a security lockdown at the İncirlik air base in the southern province of Adana used by U.S. and other coalition forces in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, the U.S. consulate said.
“Local authorities are denying movements on to and off of İncirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut,” the U.S. consulate in Adana said in a message after a coup attempt aimed at toppling the government was thwarted by the authorities.
“Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored,” it added, without giving further details.
There was no indication for the reason of the lockdown by the Turkish authorities. But it came as security forces were arrested thousands of Turkish soldiers across the country for involvement in the coup.
Gen. Bekir Ercan, Adana İncirlik 10th Adana Tanker Base Commander, was among those who were arrested.