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Germany backs pullout from Incirlik airbase in Turkey row

A Bundeswehr Tornado reconnaissance jet departs for Incirlik airbase on December 10, 2015 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption German forces at Incirlik airbase fly Tornado reconnaissance missions over Syria

Germany's cabinet has agreed to move military forces from Turkey to Jordan amid a diplomatic dispute.

Turkey has repeatedly refused to allow German MPs to visit the 260 soldiers stationed at the Incirlik airbase.

The Ankara government is angry that Germany gave asylum to soldiers accused of involvement in a botched coup.

The German contingent provides reconnaissance jets and tanker aircraft as part of a US-led operation against jihadist group so-called Islamic State.

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