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Germany to Deploy 4 Tornado Reconnaissance Jets in Turkey on Tuesday

Sputnik News

13:16 05.01.2016

Berlin is due to deploy four additional Tornado surveillance aircraft starting from Tuesday as part of an anti-terror operation in Syria.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The reconnaissance jets are set to head for NATO's Incirlik airbase in Turkey from German military airfields.

Berlin sent two Tornado aircraft to Turkey in mid-December, following parliament's approval for a military campaign against Daesh jihadist group in Syria on December 4.

The aircrafts are due to receive orders from the airbase in Al Udeid, Qatar, which coordinates the air forces of the US-led coalition against Daesh, according to the German government.

Germany's year-long campaign includes up to 1,200 troops, six Tornado surveillance aircraft, refueling aircraft and a Bremen-class Augsburg frigate to support a French aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean.

For 2016, Germany's planned costs for the anti-IS operation in Syria stand at around 134 million euros (some $146 million).

Daesh is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States.


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