As US-Turkey Tensions Grow, So Do Questions About US Nukes in Incirlik

US believed to have 50 gravity bomb nukes at Turkish airbase

Turkey’s invasion of Syria, US criticisms of this, and President Trump’s threat to literally destroy Turkey’s entire economy are putting US-Turkey relations at a serious low. With tensions mounting, questions are also growing about things the US has positioned in Turkey.

A NATO member, the US has a lot of military assets in Turkey. The most significant, however, must be nuclear weapons. Exact details aren’t known, but it is widely believed the US has around 50 B61 gravity bombs in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.

It’s not clear this is an immediate problem, but it was enough of a concern that both the State and Energy Departments launched reviews of the plans to evacuate the US nuclear bombs from Turkey soil.

The Pentagon has declined all comments on the matter, and claims no changes at Incirlik. In the past, if US-Turkey tensions started to rise, there has always been speculation of expelling the US from the Incirlik base, an idea favored by Turkish nationalist groups.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of