Jacob L. Shapiro
Turkey and the United States are no strangers to disagreement. In recent years, Ankara has accused the U.S. of tacitly supporting an attempted military coup in Turkey and of openly supporting a Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, that is hostile to Turkey’s interests. The U.S., for its part, has complained that Turkey has not done enough to combat the real terrorist threat – the Islamic State – and it has criticized Turkish policies that increase the power of the president and curtail freedom of expression. Things got so bad at the end of last year that the two sides briefly suspended visa services after a U.S. Consulate employee was arrested on suspicion of espionage.
Through it all, one topic has always been more important than the others: the status of U.S. forces at Incirlik air base. That status is now in question, and with it, the future of U.S.-Turkish relations.
The Wall Street Journal reported March 11 that the U.S. military had not on