German military completes its withdrawal from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has completed the withdrawal of troops and aircraft from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

The military has relocated a set of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refueling aircraft, logistical equipment and 260 personnel to al-Asrak Air Base in Jordan. The contingent was deployed to the Incirlik base in response to the Paris terrorist attacks in December 2015.

German troops have been carrying out reconnaissance missions as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq.

The withdrawal was prompted by Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians to the base.

The refusal was motivated by Berlin’s decision to grant asylum to a number of Turkish nationals accused by Ankara of participating in the failed July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. Germany had also banned some Turkish politicians from campaigning on its soil for a referendum on giving Erdogan sweeping new powers.

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