Turkey is reported to hold 50 US nuclear bombs hostage at the air base
Officials review plans to evacuate up to 50 US nuclear bombs that have long been stored at Ankara's Turkish base after Ankara's military offensive in northern Syria.
The weapons are now essentially "hostage" to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a high-ranking official, told The New York Times on Monday.
The Cold War B61 atomic bombs are said to be located 100 to 250 miles from the Syrian border, according to The Guardian. A former US official told the point of sale that Turkish diplomats responded to proposals for moving the bombs, saying that Turkey would start to develop its own.
"The potential issues have been discussed for over a decade," the former official said. "And now we've finally reached a point where this is a problem we can no longer ignore."
TURKISH-SECURED FORCES COME VERY CLOSE IN SYRIA OFFICIAL SAYING ]
Erdogan had previously expressed a desire to strengthen the Turkish nuclear arsenal.
"Some nations have rockets with nuclear warheads ̵
1; not just one or two. But [they say] I should not have missile nuclear warheads. I do not accept that, "Erdogan said last month, according to the state Anadolu Agency.
President Trump announced on October 6 that the US would withdraw all troops from northeastern Syria to clear the way for a Turkish air to Erdogan Troops launched an attack Wednesday, and ground forces invaded later that day.
The Pentagon said Friday that US troops near the border town of Kobane in northern Syria were injured from Turkish positions under artillery fire.
In an interview with Fox News, Erdogan's senior advisor denied that Turkey had fired on US troops.
"I think this is the first country where US nuclear weapons literally fire artillery at US forces." Armed Forces, "said Jeffrey Lewis of California's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, The Times On The Road in Northeastern Syria on October 7. By the United States of America Supported Kurdish forces in Syria said US troops had begun withdrawing from their positions on the Turkish border in northeastern Syria on Monday before a Turkish invasion was expected, which the Kurds say will turn heads five years later against the Islamic state group. (ANHA via AP) "/>
In this image, provided by the Hawar news agency, ANHA, US military vehicles are traveling along a major road in northeastern Syria on October 7. US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria The US military said they had started withdrawing from their positions along the Turkish border in northeastern Syria on Monday, in anticipation of an expected Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will destroy five years of successes in the fight against the Islamic state group become (ANHA over AP)
Trump said on Monday that US troops in northeastern Syria are being pulled out of the country as planned and "being re-deployed in the region to monitor the situation and prevent a repeat of 2014," as the group of terrorists said Islamic State (ISIS) a large territory built profits.
TRUMP SAYS US DROPS IN SYRIA MUST BE RETAINED, RE-ESTABLISHED IN THE REGION.
"After I defeated 100% of the ISIS caliphate, I have Syria and [President Bashar al] Assad protects the Kurds and fights Turkey for their own land," tweeted the president on Monday. "I said to my generals, why should we fight for Syria […] and Assad to protect our enemy's country? Anyone who wants to help Syria protect the Kurds is fine with me, be it Russia, China or China is Napoleon Bonaparte, I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away! "
A" small footprint "of American forces will remain in a garrison in southern Syria to further destroy the remains of the IS, he said President in a statement. It was not clear when the approximately 1,000 US troops would be withdrawn in Syria.
Russian forces patrolled on Monday near the Syrian-Turkish border, suggesting that Moscow wants to fill a security vacuum after US troops. Retreat from the region last week.
RUSSIAN MILITARY PATROLLING SYRIA-TURKEY BORDER WHEN US DROP OFFICIAL OFFICIAL RETURNS facilitate and finance these heinous acts in Syria. "
" I am fully prepared to quickly destroy the Turkish economy if the Turkish leaders continue on this dangerous and destructive path, "he said.
On Monday, member states of the European Union swore arms exports to Turkey The move fails because of a formal arms embargo, but stops arms export licenses for the Middle East.
EU COUNTRIES pledge to suspend arms exports to Turkey beyond Syria
EU Member States denounced Ankara's invasion of northern Syria, killing hundreds and killing thousands.
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Fox News & # 39 Lucas Tomlinson, Lucia I Suarez Sang and Louis Casiano and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.