UPDATE: This post has been updated as of Monday, August 22, 2016 6:30 Eastern time with news out of Iran that Russian Aerospace forces have been (temporarily) withdrawn from the Hamadan (also spelled #Hamedan) air base. - JWS
Earlier this month, the White Russian Floridian blogger known as The Saker reported the 'RUMINT' that U.S. tactical nuclear bombs were being airlifted out of the Incirlik Air Base to U.S. base(s) in Bulgaria. After the failed coup d'etat against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Incirlik was also the site of a week long standoff in which Turkish authorities cut off the external power to the facility -- a fact the Daily Beast in its zeal to push the CIA/State Dept. line of 'nothing to see there folks, move on', laughably omitted from a story about alleged 'Russian Twitter propaganda' fueling unwarranted concerns about scores of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons stored at the facility.
However, despite the best efforts of the Daily Beast's ace Carbondale, Illinois attic office-based Twitter reporter Andrew Weisburd, the story of Incirlik -- and the bone of contention it's become since the mid-July putsch in U.S.-Turkish relations -- won't die. Nor have questions gone away about the dispensation of the B61 tactical nuclear bombs that had been stored underground at the base. As the old saw goes, don't believe anything until it's been officially denied by a government. In this case, the USA's NATO ally Romania denying that it has received the nukes Euractiv reported were transported out of Incirlik.Read More