NATO Cracks: Germany Withdraws Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

Tyler Durden's picture

Two days after Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel - standing next to his Turkish colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara - said his "country has no choice but to begin the process of pulling its forces out of Turkey's Incirlik air force base" as the Turkish government will not allow all German lawmakers to visit troops there, Germany followed through on its threat and on Wednesday, the German Cabinet backed the withdrawal of the country's troops from Incirlik air base in Southern Turkey.

Incirlik air base

The decision was announced on Wednesday by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen after a lengthy and often bitter diplomatic impasse over the visits, raising friction between the NATO allies and according to some, putting the fate of the alliance in jeopardy.

Germany now plans to redeploy the 280 military personnel stationed at Incirlik, along with surveillance planes and refueling jets to an air base in Jordan. However, it stressed it wants to minimize any disruption to the US-led coalition operation against ISIS. In light of the complete failure in diplomatic relations between the two member nations, that may be problematic.

Since foreign deployments in Germany require parliamentary approval, German lawmakers are still discussing whether the proposed withdrawal should be put to a parliamentary vote.

Von der Leyen said she would hold immediate talks with the US army and the US-led coalition fighting ISIL to minimise the impact of the move, and also brief the cabinet and parliament next week. However, to avoid giving an impression that NATO is crumbling, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said talks would continue with Turkey even after troops leave the air base.

"We have a huge range of common interests with Turkey, and also close economic relations," she told reporters after the decision.

"Discussions are very necessary". Yes they are, the only problem is that as today's announcement revealed, they lead nowehere.

The withdrawal process of refueling aircrafts would take about two to three weeks and the relocation of reconnaissance jets, two to three months.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel visited Turkey on Monday, in a last attempt to convince Ankara to avert a pullout, however Turkey had once again refused the visits for "domestic political reasons". He said he wanted to avoid further hurting ties with Turkey and pushing it towards Russia.

As discussed on Monday, Turkey was infuriated over German authorities' decision to grant asylum to soldiers and other individuals that Turkey accuses of participating in a failed coup attempt last July. Relations were further tested when Germany, citing security concerns, banned some Turkish politicians from campaigning on its soil as well as Turkey's jailing of two German journalists.

Taking a word from Hillary Clinton's dictionary, earlier this month, Merkel called Turkey’s stance on visits to Incirlik “deplorable” and warned Germany may move the warplanes based there to a location outside Turkey, possibly Jordan. Which is precisely what it has now done.

It was not clear if other NATO members would join Germany and pull their forces from the strategic airbase in sympathy.

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wisehiney's picture

They are trying to save money.

Now that Mr Trump requires them to pay their fair share.



knukles's picture

Oh but they threw us out!  It's their fault, the greasy Turks.
In retaliation, no more flaffle carts on street corners in Germany.
Except the neighborhoods we can't go into anymore
They can do what they want there.


wisehiney's picture

The gals I knew that sold their flaffle on the corner didn't have a cart.

Must be upscale flaffle!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

This is not news, NATO is broken since 9/11, it is US bully tactics which scared the shit out of the other members to officially acknowledge it and refuse taking part at the big bully side to his aggressions.


peddling-fiction's picture

Magog is getting prepared for our final act. Are you not scared of the Holy Spirit Luce?

Keyser's picture

Europeans don't have the backbone to go to war with Turkey, which is ultimately where this is going... It's a shame that the CIA fucked up the coup attempt and let Erdogan live... Hell, he even looks like Hitler... 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Fairytale creatures like the one you mention can't scare me as being just product of human imagination. If they scare you better check in asap at the closest psychiatric emergency facility, you know a way better solution and taking responsibility vs taking thy rifle and killing innocents around just because your imagination tells you to do so.


peddling-fiction's picture

Yep, NOW you are channeling Lucifer. LOL


<-- Its a special priviledge to upset you Marduk/Baal Hadad/Zeus/Jupiter/Thor/Stella Splendida/Lucifer

Any new names in mind?

Stinkytofu's picture

they're Döner Kebabs, dammit!


but call 'em GYRO's to piss 'em off.


curbjob's picture

Germany for Germans, Turkey for Turks.

If you're not trespassing on another nations turf it's amazing how much less you need to spend on defense.

Safelyundergroundlul's picture

Drugs (etc.) are being routed trough Incirlik. Seems like a good reason to not allow the German lawmakers. Squirrel! 

earleflorida's picture

the german's free turkey grazing has had its flight wings tails clip'd by erdogan the butcher, just in tyme for the kirkuk feast

Nightjar's picture

old shit is old

walküre's picture

Germany is moving operations to Jordan.

Turkey is being isolated more and more.

The great reshuffle is ongoing.

LOL123's picture

Partly correct. There is a reshuffling going on but Turkey is NOT isolated by any streatch of the imagination. They have a pact with Qatar ( to cover each others asses in times of this manufactured crisis) and. The agreement states no visas required between these two countries ( boarderless countries... Those refugees without pass ports will come in handy at some point since Turkey trained them with Qatars oil wealth... Starting to get the big piture yet?)Turkey is part of NATO which is contractually obligated to defend any nation attacked... That would only omit Syria and Iran... Oh guess what ... Yeah USA has been promoting regime change now for these two countries for how long? Turkey is a pivitol player and not alone.

Lost in translation's picture

We need to gtfo of there, too, before this brewing Persian Gulf situation blows up.

LOL123's picture

Maybe you didn't Know this already, but we ( USA ) have 10,000 troops stationed in Qatar right by Iran which is a strategic location for refueling jets all over the middle east .... Trust me "we" aren't going anywhere except forward.... Into Iran at some point.

Lost in translation's picture

Believe it or not I was offered a 13-month contract in Qatar as a PMC back in the summer of 2004. $120K/year with a free round-trip ticket to visit CONUS once during the contract period. Job was maintaining the conventional stockpile in a large NMSA.

zen0's picture

Is that the same Qatar that Turkey is sending troops to on an emergency basis?

Sure gets complex, don't it?

Collectivism Killz's picture

WOW. So, KSA has Qatar in cross hairs. Turkey and NATO divorcing. Putin and Alex Jones first up to bat for Megan Kelly interviews. Cryptos to the moon. Record silver shorts at the Comex and still price stays above 17. Is it just me, or is the popcorn popper about to go into hyperdrive?

HRH Feant2's picture

I think we're gonna need more butter!

NotApplicable's picture

And coconut oil.

Plenty of salt everywhere, though.

Escapedgoat's picture

I still do not believe it, as I would like to know wheather the German Tourist companies will follow through with re -allocation of BOOKINGS in Hotels AND flights.

Also, I would like to know if the German tourist or subsidiaries  of Thomson Holidays CANCEL BOOKINGS

chosen's picture

I hope all German tourists quit going to Turkey.  That would really fuck the Turkish economy.

rf80412's picture

If they expelled all the Turkish guest workers and resident aliens in Germany, that would fuck the Turkish economcy.

If it were me, I'd also denaturalize and expel the Turks who've gained German citizenship or been born to it.

LOL123's picture

After deporting all the Turkish guest workers, they need to herd the refugees men 18- 45 back through Turkey and. Put up check points along the boarder of Germany like in Merkels commi days in East Germany to keep them out.

Caledonian's picture

Fuck these Turkeys and fuck those clowns!!

Ali blabla's picture

fuck m right in the pussy!!

tuetenueggel's picture

impossible. They only know it from behind right in you a---

Goat - and donkeyfuggers.

tuetenueggel's picture

turks now offer one week 5* hotel all in including flight and transfer for just 179 Euros.

Even if they pay me some money back I won´t accompany those turds.

Dun_Dulind's picture

Is the nuclear transfer to Romania still in progress?

Gen. Ripper's picture

I hope so but it's not clear to me.

Gen. Ripper's picture

I hope so but it's not clear to me.

uhland62's picture

Trusting Romania? Golly - biggest joke I have heard for a while.

torabora's picture

You won't be raped in Incirlik if you are not in Turkey.

shovelhead's picture

There goes Schnitzel Hut.

Kefeer's picture

However, it stressed it wants to minimize any disruption to the US-led coalition operation against ISIS. - end


We are bad at destroying what we create, when it comes to war.

Meyer Bauer's picture

Jeez - I trust the USAF will still be transporting heroin from Afganistan via Incirlik to our shores. Heaven forbid we lose such a large source of funding for our world freeing efforts.

tuetenueggel's picture

Less since Russia closed all airfieds for US Dopejourneys.

earleflorida's picture

someone-somebody got a heads-up on UK troops/ stationed at Incirlik

Herdee's picture

It takes a bunch of useless socialists months just to move a few planes and people. 

Ali blabla's picture

how come socialists have a trade surplus with the us? explain that bit to me please.. 

uhland62's picture

Lower costs because there are fewer middlemen. Happier workforce because the gap between 1% and them is not as wide? At the time of crisis (2008/09), outside Chinese train stations there were government bureaucrats who helped the workers. The crisis had been used by many employers to sack people and not pay their wages. As the workforce went to the train stations to go home to their villages, they could have their wage claims registered with the government and were paid something. The government ensured that these unemployed people could pay for a train ticket home to their families and did not arrive with empty hands. I'm sure they clawed money back and fined the employers for taking advantage of the situation. 

If you mean China, it is economy of scale, too. They supply a market of more than 2 billion people so their unit costs are low and people queue to buy the stuff - and that creates a trade surplus. Look at alibaba what prices are when you take 10,000 pieces of something.