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US Airbase in Turkey engulfed in Fire after Media IDs US General as Coup Leader
A massive fire has erupted near US-NATO base within the Buca district, Izmir, western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media reports. The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO’s military base because of strong winds.


According to CNN Turk, the fire is threatening a number of populated areas, and has already impacted a home for the elderly and its adjacent garden.

Despite intense efforts by NATO-stationed troops to stop the fire, the rapidly-spreading flames are moving closer to the arsenal, T24 News reports. The channel also reports that possible “sabotage” is suspected.

The fire is threatening the Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) base at Şirinyer (Buca) in İzmir, Turkey. LANDCOM is charged with improving the effectiveness and reaction time of the alliance’s land forces that when needed could respond to an international crisis.

Under the NATO nuclear weapons sharing program, Washington maintains its largest overseas nuclear arsenal in Turkey, consisting of up to 50 nuclear weapons, according to some estimates. The nukes however are stored at the base at Incirlik, and none are reportedly stored in Izmir.

It took more than seven hours of battling the flames using helicopters and an airplane to contain the blaze. However, it has not yet been fully subdued, several local papers announced.

Update: The Fire was started just two hours after Turkish paper Yeni Safak identified US Army General and NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander John F. Campbell as the leader of the coup!

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Three Israelis murdered in Istanbul attack

Suicide bombing in Turkey leaves 3 Israelis dead, 11 wounded. Another 6 Israelis still missing. Local media blames ISIS.

Three Israelis were killed Saturday in a suicide bombing on a major shopping street in Istanbul, Turkish media report. At least one other person, an Iranian national, was also killed.

The victims were Simha Siman Demri, 60, Yonathan Suher, 40, Avraham Goldman, 70 and an Iranian identified as Ali Riza Khalman whose age was not given, the CNN-Turk broadcaster said.

May their memory be a blessing and May Hashem avenge their blood.

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