Via UBC News – The process of relocating German military aircraft from a Turkish airbase to a new location in Jordan will halt the country’s activities within the US-led anti-Daesh (IS) coalition for at least two or three months, according to Germany’s defense minister.
The decision to replace Turkey’s Incirlik airbase to a new airbase in Jordan started as relations between the two countries worsened in mid-May, when Ankara denied a scheduled meeting of German MPs with German military personnels at the base. It came after Berlin granted asylum to a number of Turkish nationals, whom Ankara accused of participating in the July 2016 failed coup attempt in the country. Those people allegedly hold diplomatic passports and were stationed in NATO facilities in Germany at the time of the attempted coup.
The two countries have been trying to settle the Incirlik issue, Berlin weighed in possible alternatives for the base, eventually settling on a military airfield in Jordan. The decision to abandon the Turkish base was approved by the German cabinet last week.