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    US Reports No Injuries at Incirlik Air Base After Massive Earthquake in Turkey

    US Reports No Injuries at Incirlik Air Base After Massive Earthquake in Turkey

    Troops stationed at Incirlik Air Base in were all accounted for Monday morning, and there were no casualties or major damage to the installation, according to base officials, after a deadly earthquake hit the country overnight, leaving thousands of people dead.

    “While this is a developing situation, all U.S. government personnel assigned to the 39th Air Base Wing have been accounted for and we have no suspected or confirmed U.S. casualties at this time,” Incirlik Air Base shared on social media. “Additionally, no U.S. facilities on base have sustained major damage.”

    A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southeast Turkey and neighboring Syria on Monday, and the death toll had risen to more than 2,500 people as of Monday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.

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    Incirlik is home to nearly 2,000 service members and Department of Defense civilians, according to the Pentagon, and has a major role in supporting conflicts in 's southern region. It is located nearly 10 miles east of the city of Adana.

    It also houses approximately 50 U.S. tactical nuclear weapons — namely Cold War-era B61 nuclear bombs, according to the nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative. The base has reportedly made efforts in recent years to make sure it isn't reliant on local infrastructure following a 2016 coup attempt that saw local to the base cut off for nearly a week….

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