Wednesday, June 07, 2017

NATO Cracks: Germany Withdraws Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

The decision was announced on Wednesday by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen after a lengthy and often bitter dimplatic impasse over the visits, increasing friction between the NATO allies and according to some, putting the fate of the alliance in jeopardy.

Germany now plans to redeploy the 280 military personnel stationed at Incirlik, along with surveillance planes and refueling jets to an air base in Jordan. However, it stressed it wants to minimize any disruption to the US-led coalition operation against ISIS. In light of the complete failure in diplomatic relations between the two member nations, that may be problematic ....