(Worthy News) - Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by “terrorists or other hostile forces,” a Washington think tank warned Monday.
Critics have long been alarmed by America’s estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 110 kilometers (70 miles) from the border with war-torn Syria.
The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the attempted coup in Turkey, in which the base’s Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the plot.
“Whether the US could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question,” said Monday’s report from the Stimson Center, which describes itself as a “nonpartisan think tank devoted to addressing transnational challenges in order to enhance global peace and economic prosperity.” [ Source ]
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