Monday, May 29, 2017

Germany Gives Ultimatum To Turkey Over Incirlik: Let Us Resolve Our Issues Or We Are Out

A soldier of the German Armed Forces Bundeswehr wears a patch of the combat wing (Einsatzgeschwader) Counter DAESH Incirlik next to a German Tornado jet in a hangar at the air base in Incirlik, Turkey, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Pool

Reuters: Germany to decide about troop withdrawal from Turkey by mid-June

Germany, whose relations with Turkey have been strained by a series of rows, will decide within two weeks whether to withdraw troops deployed at Turkey's Incirlik air force base, a German Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday.

Roughly 250 German troops are based at Incirlik to help in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Germany said last week it was considering moving its soldiers from Incirlik to Jordan or another country in the region because the Turkish government refuses to grant German lawmakers access to the site.

Ties between NATO allies Germany and Turkey have deteriorated sharply after a succession of diplomatic rows.

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Update: Two Weeks Or We're Out of Here: Berlin Hands Ankara Ultimatum Over Incirlik -- Sputnik

WNU Editor: Some Turks believe the Germans are bluffing ..... Germany's ─░ncirlik move is a total bluff (Daily Sabah). What's my take ... they are not.

Update #2: The Turks caved .... Permission to Visit NATO Base in Konya (Bianet). They have also caved on this issue .... Germany gains access to journalist detained in Turkey (ABC News/AP).

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