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Turkey's Incirlik: US airbase on frontline for half a century

US airforce F-16 warplanes lining to take off from the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey, January 10, 2001Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey has been a prized US facility since the depths of the Cold War but its strategic value has often been held hostage to discord between Ankara and Washington. A landmark deal letting US warplanes use Incirlik to strike Islamic State jihadists in neighbouring Syria marks the latest chapter in the base’s long involvement in conflicts. “Incirlik has always been problematic,” Michael Stephens of the RUSI Qatar research unit at the Royal United Services Institute in London told AFP.

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