It was a well-known secret, but now Press TV has incontrovertible proof: a ‘report says the United States keeps about 70 B61 nuclear bombs at a military base in southern Turkey. According to a recent report published by the Arabic Nakhel news agency, Turkish sources said the bombs are kept at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base in Adana province. The thermonuclear bomb, which is 3.53 meters long and weighs 320 kilograms, is considered as one of the most strategic weapons of the US. Between 10 to 20 of the bombs were stored at Turkey’s Balikesir and Ekinci airbases before they were transferred to Incirlik, the report said. Turkey is also home to a controversial NATO radar base manned by US forces, which is part of a larger US-led missile system. The missile system became operational in Turkey’s eastern province of Malatya in early 2012’.
The missile defence system could very well be the beginning of a New Cold War, as I indicated in piece published last year. The Iranian propaganda broadcaster adds that the ‘stationing of the US-sponsored radar system in Turkey was hailed by American officials as the most significant military cooperation between Washington and Ankara since 2003, when Turkey refused to allow a US armored division to cross Turkish territory to join the military invasion of Iraq from the north’. In view of the dearth of information on the nuclear bombs stored in Turkey, Press TV presents really rather irrelevant information about the projected NATO Missile Defense Shield to deflect from the fact that more information on the U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey is just not available. On the other hand, the ironically named Voice of Russia radio station adds that the ‘greater part of these bombs is the property of the U.S. army, and Washington reserves the right to use them in case of need. Until 1995 from 10 to 20 B61 bombs were deployed on the two other air bases in the country but later all of them were transferred to the Incirlik Air Base’.
In the end, it now transpires that the U.S. is deploying a number of atomic bombs on NATO ally Turkey’s territory. The Turkish news channel Habertürk adds that the majority of these missiles are under U.S. control, but that Turkey could also deploy some of them. Additionally, the channel indicates that these B-61 missiles can only be fired from high-speed airplanes and that they weigh about 320 kg. Therefore it seems that the real scoop that has been achieved now is that the presence of nuclear weapons on Turkish soil has been finally confirmed, once and for all.
 “US keeps nearly 70 nuclear bombs in southern Turkey: Report” Press TV (28 Oct 2012). http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/28/269141/us-keeps-70-nuclear-bombs-in-turkey/.
 “US keeps nearly 70 nuclear bombs in southern Turkey: Report”.
 “There are nearly 70 American nuclear bombs in Turkey” Voice of Russia (22 Oct 2012). http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_22/There-are-nearly-70-American-nuclear-bombs-in-Turkey/.
 “Türkiye’de atom bombası var ama…” Habertürk (21 Oct 2012). http://www.haberturk.com/dunya/haber/787236-turkiyede-atom-bombasi-var-ama.