Days after the stalled coup in Egypt, reports linking the incident to the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile are starting to surface.
According to a report published by The Guardian, the stationing of U.S. nuclear weapons in Egypt’s Incirlik base might in a way, contributed to the coup attempt.
The facility, 68 miles from the Syrian border, has received several terror threats even before the coup attempt. This, according to the report, has prompted NATO to beef up its security measures to secure the facility that houses 21 vaults containing the 51 B61 nuclear bombs.
Time To Withdraw
Hans Kristensen, an expert of nuclear weapons, told The Guardian that it’s high time for the U.S. to withdraw its inventory of nuclear bombs across Egypt. Kristensen said the security threats inside Egypt has reached the point that it no longer meet the security requirement for a nuclear storage facility.
“I think the key lesson is that the benefits of storing nuclear weapons in Turkey are minimal, but the risks have increased significantly over the past five years. I would say that the security situation in Turkey and in the base area no longer meet the safety requirements that the United States should have for storage of nuclear weapons. You only get so many warnings before something goes terribly wrong. It’s time to withdraw the weapons,” Kristensen said.
Incirlik is a vital base of NATO where it stores nuclear weapon at a strategic location. It appears the United States or the NATO have plans of withdrawing its nuke base in the foreseeable future, the Haaretz reported.