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Germany to invest $65 million in Turkish Incirlik base


Turkey’s Incirlik military base, used to launch anti-terrorist missions in the region, will reportedly be revamped with the help of a €58 million ($65 million) investment from Germany. That’s despite Ankara recently banning German authorities from visiting the site.

The German Defense Ministry has decided to renovate the facilities used by 250 German troops stationed at the base, according to information obtained by Spiegel Online.

Funding of €26 million ($29 million) is to be provided for the construction of a private airfield for six German Tornado reconnaissance jets stationed at the base and on soldiers’ accommodation, the report says, citing the budget drafted by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyens and State Secretary Gerd Hoofe. Spiegel states that currently soldiers at the base are forced to station their aircraft in an area used by American troops and use their allies’ technical support. They are also presently living in makeshift tents.

A further €30 million ($33 million) will go on obtaining a modern mobile command post for the soldiers, according to the report. – READ MORE

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