ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Akinci Air Base near the Turkish capital of Ankara that served as the de-facto headquarters for attempted coup plotters will be shut down, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday.
"I declare to all who now stands on the square in Kazan [town northwest of Ankara]. This Akinci base, which nested the traitors, will be closed and we will turn it into a place for our martyrs who died for democracy during the coup attempt," Yildirim said.
On July 15, a faction in the Turkish military attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Following its failure, Ankara launched a large-scale military, governmental, academic and media crackdown.