German Troops in or out of Turkey?

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German Troops in or out of Turkey?
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:27:39 PM »
German Troops in or out of Turkey?

Turkey’s top diplomat has hit back at German plans to pull its troops out of a key NATO base on its soil, saying on May 18 that it would “not beg” them to stay. Ankara and Berlin are locked in another spat over Turkey’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit the İncirlik base near Syria, which is used by the international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Germany has been threatening to withdraw some 200 personnel and several Tornado jets from İncirlik (Turkey) that have been stationed as part of a U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition.
It has been speculated that Jordan will be the best option for Germany, while other reported options for air bases have included Greek Cyprus and Kuwait.
German sources said a bilateral meeting next week between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels will be decisive in making the withdrawal decision.

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