Germany moves its troops from Turkey to Jordan

  • Jan Merička
  • 14.7.2017 08:48

On Sunday 9 July, Germany began to withdraw its military units and equipment from the air base at Incirlik, Turkey, due to long-standing disputes with the Turkish government. A tanker jet has already been moved to a base in Jordan, near the city of Azrak, where the other aircraft will follow by the end of October. In the meantime, the aircraft will be left in Germany for maintenance and preparation for further military use, after which Germany will again fully engage in ongoing operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The move of German units was preceded by several conflicts between the two countries, such as a recent dispute over the referendum on the extension of Erdoğan's powers, but one of the main reasons for leaving the base is the repeated refusal to allow German officials and MPs to enter the base. Currently, six Tornado fighter jets are operating from the base, and on Tuesday 11 July Germany already continued to refuel using a Jordanian aircraft tanker. Incirlik will be left by the German army by the end of July. Angela Merkel, after meeting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the G20 summit, said she found deep differences in opinions among their countries. These disputes may bring about possible complications in addressing current and future crises in the Middle East, where NATO, EU and Turkey will be present. The current state of affairs is also closer to the convergence of Turkey and Russia, at the expense of the EU and NATO.

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