fuck your phony war against daesh, says germany wisely

Germany withdraws troops from anti-Daesh base in Turkey row
AFP, Jun 7 2017

ANKARA – The German government decided Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Turkey’s Incirlik base after last-ditch talks with Ankara failed to resolve an escalating row. The military personnel along with Tornado surveillance jets and other hardware will be moved to Jordan’s Azraq base instead, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said. Angela Merkel sought to play down the dispute, saying she “views this issue as a very localised one.” With the decision now made to move troops out of Turkey, Berlin can now “concentrate on other points” in its negotiations with Ankara, she added. Germany has more than 250 troops stationed in Incirlik, flying surveillance missions over Syria and refuelling flights. But the deployment has become a bone of contention after Ankara repeatedly refused to allow German MBs to visit the base. Ankara had first denied German MBs the right to travel to the site for several months last year, angered by a Bundestag vote to recognise the Ottoman Empire’s WW1-era massacre of Armenians as a genocide. A fresh row over MBs’ visits to the air base erupted last month. This time, Ankara was protesting the fact that Berlin offered political asylum to Turkish nationals accused of complicity in the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel travelled to Turkey on Monday to hold last-ditch talks with his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, but failed to sway Ankara. After the talks, Cavusoglu repeated that “we would not like to see members of FETO take shelter in friendly country Germany.” Berlin has argued that it cannot deploy its soldiers in places which MBs are unable to visit, given that all military missions are mandated by parliament. Ursula Von der Leyen said:

Azraq in Jordan will be our new base. The transfer will disrupt our air refuelling missions for two or three weeks. Tornado surveillance flights will cease for two to three months. I will therefore immediately speak with the Pindostanis and the International Coalition of the Fucking Holy GWOT on how the gaps can be filled so that there is no negative impact. Following that, we will draw up our time schedule. The transfer will not require a new mandate from the Bundestag, as the current one specifies the deployment site as the airspace over Syria and its neighbouring countries, but does not specify the base.

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