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Great Satan US radar base operational in Turkey

A US radar base has become operational in the southeastern Turkish town of Sirnak near the border with Iraq, Press TV reports.

Turkey’s Mynet news website reported on Tuesday that it has taken a year to build the radar base, which is totally under US control, according to the Press TV correspondent in Ankara.

The radar base is located on a hill in the Gurvil district of Sirnak, and its control center is supposedly based at the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.

The radar base could be used to control US assassination drones and monitor the airspace of northern Iraq.

The X-band radar, which looks like a huge ball, can be seen sitting on top of the hill from a great distance.

The radar has an average range of 2,000 kilometers.

Last week, a high-ranking delegation from the US Defense Department visited Ankara and urged Turkish officials to allow Washington to use the Incirlik Air Base for intelligence purposes.

The US team, headed by Alexander Vershbow, the assistant US secretary of defense for international security affairs, met with Turkish Foreign Ministry and military officials on Wednesday.

The US officials reportedly offered to allow Turkey to jointly operate the US Predator drones if Ankara would grant permission to base the drones at the Turkish air base in Incirlik, which has been a major resupply hub for foreign soldiers in the US-led war in Iraq.

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