Germany to transfer its forces out of Turkish airbase

The German cabinet decided on Wednesday to withdraw the country's forces from Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey where they have been operating as part of US-led coalition operations against ISIS. The forces including surveillance planes are to be moved to an airbase in Jordan due to Turkey's refusal to allow German parliamentarians to visit the German troops at Incirlik.  
Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the operations of the surveillance planes would be halted for at least two months until the redeployment is completed, but asserted that it would not have a major effect on the campaign against Islamic State. She said Monday that Azraq airbase in northern Jordan had been found to be a suitable alternative to Incirlik.
Turkey refused to allow the visits to the approximately 280 German troops after Germany granted asylum to a number of Turkish soldiers who Ankara claims were involved in a failed coup in 2016.

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