This photo taken on July 28, 2015 shows a military aircraft on the runway at Incirlik Air Base, in the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey. / AFP / STR
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Germany is in discussions with Turkey to ensure that the German military can keep flying reconnaissance missions from Incirlik Air Base in support of a U.S.-led fight against ISIS, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.Merkel said she expected the German military to continue operating effectively from the NATO base despite threats by some German lawmakers to end the mission unless Ankara allows them to visit the base. A spokesman for the German Defence Ministry on Thursday said the armed forces were studying other basing options for six Tornado reconnaissance planes, a refuelling plane and 250 soldiers if German lawmakers vote to end the use of the base.
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