ALLIES: Germany starts to withdraw troops from Turkish Incirlik base.
The motion to pull the troops out of Incirlik had been approved by the German parliament in June, after parliamentarians had repeatedly been refused access to the roughly 260 soldiers stationed at the facility. Turkey had denied German lawmakers requests to make what they saw as routine visits to the base.
A German defense ministry spokesman said on Sunday that the withdrawal from the Incirlik base in southern Turkey’s Adana province was the next step in one of several bilateral disputes between Germany and Turkey. These range from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup clampdown on dissidents to Turkey’s political campaigning in Germany in the run-up to a key referendum held in April giving Erdogan sweeping new powers.
RELATED? Istanbul rally concludes anti-Erdogan march.
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul at the end of a 450km (280-mile) “justice” march against the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Large numbers have joined the march since it began in Ankara on 15 June.
Opposition and protest leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu criticised the wave of arrests and imprisonments that followed last year’s failed coup.
President Erdogan has accused the marchers of supporting terrorism.
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