Berlin to Step Up Security of German Soldiers at Turkey’s Incirlik Base

A technician works on a German Tornado jet at the air base in Incirlik, Turkey, on January 21, 2016

 

Berlin has decided to take additional measures for protection of German soldiers deployed at Incirlik military base in Turkey after the attempted coup, German media reported on Tuesday.

      According to Deutsche Welle broadcaster, the decision came after the Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee security in the air space over the country’s south and would authorize only planes equipped with missile protection system to leave the military base.

Incirlik military base is used by the United States and shelters combat planes of the US-led coalition launching airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against the Daesh group outlawed in many countries, including Russia.

After a faction in Turkish armed forces attempted a coup on July 15, which was thwarted later in the day, Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, former commander of Incirlik airbase, was arrested due to alleged involvement in the plot.

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