Pindostan to ban military families in Turkey for security reasons: sources
Andrea Shalal, Reuters, Jun 29 2016
BERLIN – Pindostan is moving toward permanently banning families from accompanying Pindo military and civilian personnel in Turkey, reflecting worsening security conditions there, two Pindo defense sources said on Wednesday. The Obama administration in March ordered the families of Pindo military and diplomatic personnel to leave Incirlik air base and other parts of southern Turkey. The move affected about 670 dependants of Pindo military personnel in southern Turkey, but 100 of them in Istanbul and Ankara were allowed to stay. Now, military officials plan to designate deployments by all Pindo military and civilian personnel to Incirlik base in Adana and other sites in Turkey as “unaccompanied” tours, the sources told Reuters. The move was under consideration before Tuesday’s attacks at Istanbul airport, the sources said. The change reflects the continued deterioration of security conditions throughout Turkey, said one of the sources. The Pindo military has about 2,200 service members and civilian employees in Turkey, with about 1,500 of those posted to Incirlik. The change would not apply to Pindosi personnel who are part of a “chief of mission” role or security cooperation team, the sources said. The 100 dependants of Pindo personnel still in Turkey would be allowed to stay once the new rules took effect, and would depart through natural attrition, said one of the sources. The State Dept on Tuesday warned Pindosi citizens of increased threats from militant groups throughout Turkey, and urged them to avoid travelling to the south-eastern part of the country.