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Four more German Tornado fighters reached Turkey for surveillance missions against Daesh

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World Defense & Security News - Germany
 
 
Four more German Tornado fighters reached Turkey for surveillance missions against Daesh
 
As Daesh continues to threaten the international community, Germany has deployed four additional Tornado surveillance aircrafts as well as nearly 100 military personnel to NATO's Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. In mid-December 2015, Germany had sent two Tornado aircraft following Parliament's approval for a military operation as part of the U.S.-led international coalition against Daesh militants in Syria.
     
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In a recent exclusive interview with Daily Sabah German ambassador to Ankara Martin Erdmann said that Germany will take effectual measures as of January, including the assigning of six Tornado-type jets as well as nearly 1,200 troops which were deployed to the Incirlik Air Base.

According to a statement from the German air force, a military transport plane filled with nearly 100 military personnel, including pilots, technicians and ground personnel as well as experts who will assess the images from surveillance flights, left from Hamburg for Incirlik on Tuesday.

Commenting on the jets and military personnel, German military spokesman Thomas Müllen reportedly said that with aims to collect surveillance of Daesh, four Tornado jets were deployed on Tuesday to the Incirlik Air Base. Müllen further indicated that the surveillance flight missions are scheduled to begin in mid-January. However, the two Tornado jets that were sent in mid-Dec. 2015 are expected to be sent back to Germany in the second half of January in exchange for more technologically advanced Tornado jets.In December the German Federal Parliament approved year-long support for the coalition which includes up to 1,200 troops, up to six Tornado surveillance aircraft, a refueling aircraft and a Bremen-class Augsburg frigate to support a French aircraft carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean. Additionally, for 2016, Germany's mandate for the anti-Daesh operations under international coalition is to cost around 134 million euros ($146 million).

(Source: Daily Sabah)