Germany began the redeployment of its troops and planes from Turkish air base in Incirlik in Jordan. It is reported by Spiegel Online.
First Turkey and left the tanker aircraft and about 20 soldiers and officers. Then place the new deployment will be sent reconnaissance aircraft “Tornado”.
Only Incirlik air base is located about 260 German soldiers, six “Tornado” equipped with special optics, and one flying tanker. They participated in air strikes against positions of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq.
The complete withdrawal of German troops and equipment should be completed by October this year.
The reason for the departure of soldiers of the Bundeswehr base in Incirlik has become a major diplomatic scandal. 15 may it was reported that Turkish authorities once again refused the group of German MPs visiting the airbase. One of the reasons that failed the visit of the parliamentarians was the fact that Germany has provided sanctuaries to several Turkish officers, suspected of involvement in the coup attempt. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, commenting on the actions of Ankara, said that Berlin would consider the withdrawal of its troops from Turkey.