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A Turkish flag is put in the barrel of an armored vehicle parked outside the parliament building in Ankara on July 16.

A Turkish flag is put in the barrel of an armored vehicle parked outside the parliament building in Ankara on July 16.

Summary

Latest News Developments

-- Security operations are continuing in Turkey following a failed military coup attempt overnight that left many dozens of people dead and more than 1,000 injured.

-- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Haberturk television on July 16 that 161 people were killed and 1,440 were injured during the unrest the previous night. He did not appear to be including the 104 soldiers supporting the coup who were reported killed overnight, meaning the death total for the unrest would be 265.

-- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States would consider an extradition request for the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen after Turkey's president blamed the Muslim leader for an attempted Turkish military coup.

-- The Pentagon says the U.S. military has temporarily suspended air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq that are flown from the Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey.

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U.S. Suspends Air Strikes From Turkish Base Against IS In Iraq, Syria

The Pentagon says the U.S. military has temporarily suspended air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq that are flown from the Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey.

A Pentagon official said operations from Incirlik were suspended “because of the closure of the airspace” in the wake of a coup attempted by elements in Turkey’s military.

The Pentagon said U.S. Central Command was adjusting flight operations against IS militants to minimize the negative effects of the closure.

Meanwhile, U.S. military command in Europe ordered U.S. forces across Turkey to take maximum protective measures.

U.S. forces on July 16 were at “Delta” force protection level -- the level invoked when a terrorist attack is taking place or appears imminent.

At the Delta level, all nonessential activities are suspended and all resources placed in defensive positions in case of attack.

The U.S. military has about 2,200 troops and civilian contractors stationed in the NATO-member country, with about 1,500 at Incirlik.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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Interesting in light of Kerry's comments....

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