American nuclear weapons kept on the Incirlik Turkish military base close to the Syrian border could end up in the hands of terrorists and other “hostile forces,” conclude experts at the American research center, the Stimson Center.
“The continued presence of dozens of United States nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base in Turkey raises serious risk of their seizure by terrorists and other hostile forces,” according to the Stimson Center report.
Experts are particularly concerned about the hydrogen bomb B61 kept at the Incirlik base. “Whether or not the U.S. can maintain control of approximately 50 units of nuclear weapons kept on the Incirlik base amid prolonged, civil conflict in Turkey cannot be answered,” American experts worry. In their opinion, further deployment of such weapons within a few dozen kilometers of the Syrian border is “a roll of the dice.”
“These weapons have zero utility on the European battlefield and today are more of a liability than an asset to our allies in NATO,” says one of the authors of the report, Lacy Healy.
Experts advise the United States government to remove all hydrogen B61 bombs from Europe and to cancel the procurement of weapons that would be stored in Europe.
“These bombs are ill-suited for modern warfare and incredibly costly. The smart move would be to remove these weapons from Europe and double down to strengthen conventional forces that actually protect our NATO,” argues the report. Such a step, according to the report’s authors, could save up to $6 billion.