This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz and I’d like to continue to provide you with updates on what’s happening in world conflicts around the world. Here’s a civilian contractor update Turkey for our clients who may be headed there.
We keep up with where U.S. troops might be sent in 2017 because that’s a strong indicator of where our civilian contractors may be working. We always recommend you learn as much as you can before you go.
Civilian Contractor Update Turkey
Of course many people have seen the shooting of a Russian Ambassador to Turkey who was shot in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday, December 19, 2016.
Kurdish groups have been fighting for an independent Kurdish state to be combined with Kurdish areas in Iraq. Turkish President Erdogan barely survived a coup attempt in July 2016 and later cracked down on suspected coup conspirators by arresting 32,000 people.
Why is the U.S. Involved?
Why is the U.S. involved in Turkey and what is the interest there? The U.S. has close ties to a tribal Kurdish group called the Peshmerga fighting ISIS in Iraq supplying the Peshmerga with arms, air power, intelligence and hundreds of millions of dollars in financial support.
To date, a 2,000 people have been killed in the fighting.
Because of these ties, Erdogan has accused the U.S. of being involved in the coup attempt. He has called for the extradition from the U.S. of Fethullah Gulen, a religious and political leader in exile in Pennsylvania who’s been suspected of inciting the insurrection.
2,500 U.S. Troops in Turkey
Another reason to worry: there is a joint U.S.-NATO air base in Turkey called Incirlik, which was briefly under siege during the attack on Erdogan. About 2,500 U.S. troops are stationed at Incirlik, which is command central for the U.S. fight against ISIS.
Whether it’s Syria, Libya, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, South Korea, Iraq, Yemen, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, Turkey or anywhere else in the world, if you’re a contractor, you really need to talk with a Defense Base lawyer before you go to work.
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Call Garfinkel and Schwartz anytime day or night 1-800-393-2999 so you may have your questions answered. You can talk with me and get more information on the Defense Base Act law and how it can protect you wherever it is that you might be going to work.
You’ll have a point of contact when you go overseas and can ask me questions that come up via phone, e-mail or through your family while you’re there.