Turkey has refused to allow a delegation of German lawmakers to visit Bundeswehr soldiers at the Incirlik air base. The incident puts a further strain on already fraught ties between the two countries.
Turkish authorities have once again refused to allow a group of German politicians to visit Bundeswehr soldiers stationed at Incirlik air base, German news agency dpa reported on Monday.
Germany currently has several Tornado surveillance aircraft and a refueling plane deployed at the base that are assisting an international coalition carrying out aerial attacks on positions of the so-called "Islamic State" terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Some 260 German military personnel are stationed at Incirlik.
According to dpa information, one reason given for the denial of access was Germany's granting asylum to a number of Turkish officers who faced persecution following the failed coup in Turkey on July 15 last year.
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WNU Editor: This is not the first time this has happened .... Germany says Turkey is blocking plans for Incirlik visit (YouTube) .... but I suspect that it will probably be the last if germany's request is denied .... Germany Views Jordan as Alternative for Troop Relocation From Turkey's Incirlik (Sputnik).
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