German army tightens security at Turkey NATO base

The German army, the Bundeswehr, has increased security precautions for its soldiers at the Incirlik NATO base in southern Turkey, a spokesman told dpa Tuesday in Potsdam.

After the failed coup in Turkey in July, only aircraft equipped with anti-rocket defences have been permitted to land at the base, a spokesman for the German military operation said.

The new security measures are "short term and preventative" and align Germany with the US and other NATO partners, the spokesman said.

There is no immediate danger for the German troops stationed at the base, a German Federal Ministry of Defence spokesman said in Berlin.

More than 200 German soldiers are currently stationed at the Incirlik base as part of "Operation Counter Daesh," the Arabic name used for the so-called Islamic State.

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