Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Germany Views Jordan as Alternative for Troop Relocation From Turkey's Incirlik (A Split in NATO from Islamist Turkey)

Germany will continue searching for an alternative to relocate its troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik airbase to neighboring countries, such as Jordan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

BERLIN (Sputnik) – German-Turkish links were tested by the arrest, February 27, of Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist working for Die Welt newspaper.

He was arrested and detained on charges of supporting a terrorist organization and inciting public violence.

The situation worsened when German authorities banned pro-Erdogan demonstrations in Germany in the run-up to the referendum. Germany has a significant Turkish population which Erdogan was keen to ensure voted in favor of the controversial referendum.

Both Germany and Turkey are
NATO members, with the alliance making much use of Turkish assets for its Middle East operations — particularly the airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 17th, 2017.]

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