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Turkish-German showdown over Incirlik Air Base

Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit their troops at Incirlik is forcing Berlin to look elsewhere in the region to redeploy its forces, which could result in the loss of prestige for Turkey.
A German air force Tornado jet lands at an airbase in Incirlik, Turkey, December 10, 2015. The first the German air force Tornado reconnaissance jets will take off for Turkey's Incirlik air base on Thursday, to support the military campaign against Islamic State. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX1Y3FP

Turkey and Germany are heading for a showdown over Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, which could hamper operations against the Islamic State conducted out of the base and further damage Ankara’s already tarnished image in NATO.

At issue is Turkey’s refusal to allow German parliamentarians from visiting their troops at Incirlik. Ankara initially made this decision in retaliation against the adoption by the German parliament in June 2016 of a resolution referring to the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as “genocide.”

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