Civilian platform file criminal complaint against U.S. troops in İncirlik

A group of lawyers in Adana, Turkey, filed a criminal complaint to the local prosecutors demanding the arrest of US troops deployed in Incirlik Airbase reported Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.

The group of lawyers from an organisation called "Civilian Platform for combatting Fethullah Gülen Terror Organisation," in their petition said that the American soldiers at the base were aiding the terrorist group in their attempt to abolish the constitutional order in Turkey during the coup attempt of 2016. The request called for immediate action from authorities stating that the U.S. soldiers at the airbase are jeopardising the sovereignty of the nation.

The Turkish government accuses a U.S. based exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen and the so-called Fethullah Gülen Terror Organisation (FETÖ) under his leadership of masterminding the failed military coup attempt of 2016 in Turkey.

The group in their petition demanded to the prosecutors to open an investigation into the U.S. Air Force officers responsible for aiding the July 15 coup attempt.

Following the coup attempt, some Turkish government officials also made veiled accusations of the U.S. forces deployed at Incirlik Airbase. During the coup attempt, the local authorities cut off commercial power to the base, Incirlik, a critical facility in the U.S. fight against the Islamic state.

The platform, part of TAY-DER (Association for Social Justice and Solidarity), is very active on social media.  TAY-DER on its website says that their mission is to fight against organisations and persons that target the Turkish state and its institutions.
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