"Atombomben als Geiseln"
A US official has revealed that Turkey is holding a total of 50 US nuclear bombs "hostage" at an air base near the border with Syria, adding that Washington has begun the efforts to repatriate them.
After five days of a Turkish offensive against the Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, US President Donald Trump announced sanctions on Ankara, also demanding that the NATO ally should put an end to its military campaign in Syria.
According to The New York Times, US State and Energy Departments are now reviewing the plans to evacuate the bombs out of Turkey's Incirlik Air Base.
A senior official pointed out that the nukes were "essentially Erdogan’s hostages" and to evacuate them would mark the "de-facto end of the Turkish-American alliance", the report added.