Monday, July 25
"Massive fire near NATO base in Turkey, possible anti-American sabotage"
01:44 25.07.2016(updated 04:46 25.07.2016)
A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible act of anti-American sabotage.04:43 25.07.2016(updated 05:47 25.07.2016)
[Headline and lede edited by Pundita because language is confusing. Pix of the U.S. general is directly under "Yeni Safak" banner ]
Only hours before a massive blaze broke out near a NATO base the Yeni Safak newspaper printed a picture of a US military commander it claims led the attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government
On Sunday, hours before a massive blaze broke out near the NATO base in the western Turkish town of Izmir, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s primary print publication for his Islamist supporters, Yeni Safak, printed the image of NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander Army General John F. Campbell accusing the US military official of plotting the coup against Erdogan in league with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Hours after the publication of the article, the NATO military base in Izmir became victim of a mass fire that continues to rage on at this hour despite desperate attempts by forces to contain the blaze using helicopter and airplane water drops. The fire threatens US munitions stockpiles at the base which could result in a severe exacerbation of the fire, loss of expensive weaponry, and safety dangers.