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Pentagon orders military families to leave southern Turkey

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 12:12:26-04

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has ordered military family members to evacuate southern Turkey, primarily from Incirlik Air Base, due to security concerns, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Family members will also be evacuated from facilities in Izmir and Mugla, according to a Pentagon statement.

“The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,” Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Commander of U.S. European Command, said in the statement.