In an interview with German daily Bild am Sonntag, Ursula von der Leyen said German refueling aircraft were expected to be moved to Azraq air base of Jordan by mid-July.
On June 7, Berlin chose to withdraw its military from the Incirlik air base in Turkey after Ankara banned German lawmakers from entering the base. Von der Leyen says moving the six Tornado reconnaissance planes will take two months, from August to September and those planes should be fully back in service from October. Pictured: A German Tornado jet at Incirlik airbase in Adana, Turkey, January 21, 2016.
Also, Turkish officials indicated their disturbance of Germany's stance regarding terrorist groups, including the PKK and the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), numerous times. Then we will move the tankers to Jordan as soon as possible.
PKK sympathizers have long used Germany as a safe haven for activities, including recruitment and collecting financial support, as well as openly holding rallies in German cities, despite the group being listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, U.S. and Turkey.