ISIS 2016: Germany Plans $73M Base In Turkey To Strengthen Fight Against Islamic State Group

…and it won’t stop at ISIS. Guess who’s back.

 

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German air force Tornado jets and a cargo aircraft approach to land at an air base in Incirlik, Turkey, Dec. 10, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

Germany is planning to open an air base in southern Turkey that will assist its military in an intensified campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria. The planned $73 million base will be built as an extension to the Incirlik base, which both the German and U.S. military use for refueling missions to Syria, Spiegel reported.

The new base is expected to include an air control center for German military aircraft, accommodations for soldiers and a combat headquarters. The news comes as Turkey is reportedly discussing a treaty to station German soldiers for extended deployments on Turkish soil, the Local reported.

The news is not without controversy. An opposition leader told Spiegel that he was surprised by how quickly Germany has become entrenched in an alleged long-term military operation.

“Although this mission against ISIS came so suddenly, Defense Minister [Ursula] von der Leyen seems to want to dig in for the long term,” Tobias Lindner from the Green Party said.

Full article: ISIS 2016: Germany Plans $73M Base In Turkey To Strengthen Fight Against Islamic State Group (International Business Times)

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