File - This photo taken on January 11, 2005 shows US air force tanker planes lining to take off from the Incirlik Airbase, southern Turkey, for a daily patrolling mission over Northern Iraq and Afghanistan. AFP / TARIK TINAZAY
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The future use by the United States of a key Turkish air base near Syria risks causing new tensions between the key NATO allies after the botched coup attempt, but using it as a bargaining chip could prove risky for Ankara.Before being granted permission by Turkey to use Incirlik for the airstrikes – after tough negotiations – U.S. planes had to use bases further away in Jordan and Kuwait.Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, director of the German Marshall Fund's office in Ankara, said Turkey-U.S. tensions were already high because of Washington's support for Kurdish militias in Syria.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Washington would assist Turkey in the investigation of the failed coup, inviting Ankara to share any evidence it has against Gulen.After long being accused of not doing enough in the fight against the militants, Turkey has played a fuller role in the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition and carried out its own artillery strikes.
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