U.S. Allies Jailed in 'Sometimes NATO Ally' Turkey Amid Coup Backlash, General Says. (WSJ).
A top U.S. military commander said there was a persistent concern that the failed coup in Turkey – and the backlash by the Turkish government – would impair the Pentagon’s operations in the region.
U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday that a number of the U.S. military’s closest allies in the Turkish military have been placed in jail following the coup attempt.
Later in the day, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper echoed Gen. Votel’s comments.
The failed coup and the government’s backlash have “affected all segments of the national security apparatus in Turkey,” Mr. Clapper said in Aspen. “Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested. There’s no question that this is going to set back and make more difficult” the U.S.’s Middle East strategy. Read the full story here.
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