Germany to pull troops from Turkish base in spat with Ankara

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet decides to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refuse to let lawmakers visit them.

The troops and planes participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State group will redeploy to Jordan. Merkel portrayed the move as allowing Germany and Turkey to put aside one of many problems causing friction between the two NATO allies.

Germany has about 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, near the Syrian border, with six Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and a refueling plane.

Merkel said that Berlin will consult with its allies on “replacement capabilities” during that time, and the move “will be conducted as quickly as possible under the provision that the anti-IS coalition is able to work.”

— AP

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