Arson Attack: Turkish Authorities Say Huge Fire Near U.S./NATO Base at Izmir Intentionally Set

Firefighters were battling a very large blaze in western Turkey overnight Monday that authorities say was intentionally set near a U.S./NATO base at Izmir. This installation is not the same one as Incirlik Air Base, hundreds of miles to the east. That's where the power was recently turned back on after a week-long 'siege' following Turkish military personnel using the base in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several alleged plotters being arrested on base. However, the fact that Turkish authorities are saying the fire was intentionally set and that this arson may have been an act motivated by hatred of the U.S. military presence in the country says a great deal about the state of relations between Ankara and Washington.

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Five Days and Counting: Incirlik AFB External Power Still Cut Off, U.S.-Turkish Relations Near All Time Low

Nearly five days have passed since the Turkish government cut off exterior power to the U.S./NATO operated Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey. After numerous complaints on Twitter about a mainstream media blackout to give the Obama Administration political cover for tense negotiations with the Turks, CNN and other outlets have started reporting about the quasi-standoff. Flight operations against ISIS continue from the base including strikes against Daesh targets around the northern Syrian city of Manbij which reportedly killed scores of civilians.

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