Germany began to withdraw its troops from the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey on Sunday, July 9, Hurriyet reports.
The move comes as Ankara prohibited a visit at the base German parliamentarians. Germany has six Tornado surveillance planes and around 250 troops at the İncirlik air base. In June, when foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel announced the move, Berlin insisted that cooperation between the two governments will continue.
The Turkish prohibition was largely seen as retaliation for Germany’s prohibition of campaigning in Germany during Turkey’s April 16 referendum. The German Tornado jets operating from Incirlik in support of US coalition operations against ISIL in Iraq and Syria will now move to the Azraq air base in Jordan, from where they will begin to operate in October.