Monday, January 22, 2018

WikiLeaks: Turkey allowed U.S. to use airbase to transfer suspected terrorists

“Turkey allowed the US to use its airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey as part of the “extraordinary rendition” programme to take suspected terrorists to Guantánamo Bay,” (It describes the abduction and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one nation to another. Torture by proxy is used by some critics to describe situations in which the United States has transferred suspected terrorists to countries known to practice torture), Guardian reports referring to a US diplomatic cable.
“Turkey’s involvement in the controversial programme was revealed in a cable dated 8 June 2006, written by the then US ambassador to Turkey, Ross Wilson. The cable described Turkey as a crucial ally in the “global war on terror” and an important logistical base for the US-led war in Iraq,” the source says.
“The Turkish military had allowed us to use Incirlik as a refuelling stop for Operation Fundamental Justice detainee movement operations since 2002, but revoked this permission in February of this year,” the cable said.
“The cable contradicts statements made at the time by Turkish officials. On 14 June 2006, a spokesman for Turkey’s foreign ministry told reporters: “The Turkish government and state never played a part [in the secret transfers] … and never will,” Guardian reports.
“Turkey had just been named in a Council of Europe report among 14 European countries that colluded in or tolerated the covert transporting of prisoners,” the source says.

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