The head of U.S. European Command is mum on negotiations to base search and rescue crews at an Air Force base in Turkey following pushback from Ankara.
Turkey has refused to let U.S. forces fly airstrikes and combat search and rescue out of Incirlik Air Base, forcing the U.S. to move pararescuemen and Marine Corps rescue crews further from mission areas in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Air Force installation, which is the home to mobility and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, is closer to potential mission areas in Syria and Iraq than other bases used by the U.S. to target the Islamic State group, including installations in Kuwait and Jordan.
The Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank in Washington, published a report in April by former ambassadors to Turkey Morton Abramowitz and Eric Edelmen that said the country is an increasingly undependable ally. The criticism focused on the decision to disallow Operation Inherent Resolve activity at the base. […]