Germany pulls the plug on troops in Turkey


Germany has followed through on threats to withdraw its military forces from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey after months of diplomatic tensions with the Turkish government. The forces in question composed Germany’s contribution to the coalition against ISIS, and will remain out of the fight for at least another two months as they are moved to Jordan.

The re-positioning of forces out of Turkey had been discussed for months, and finally began on Sunday. The governments in Berlin and Ankara have been nurturing a continuing rift over a number of political disagreements for some time, but the nail in the coffin between the two came when Turkey barred German lawmakers from visiting their own troops at the air base in May.

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