(EurasiaReview) Germany has refused a request from Turkey to share reconnaissance images gathered by the German military as part of the global anti-Islamic State coalition for fear that Ankara would use the information to target Kurds, the German Defence Ministry said, according to Rudaw.
As a member of the global coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, Germany’s Tornado fighter jets have carried out reconnaissance missions from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase. Though Turkey is a member of the coalition, Germany has not given Turkey uncensored access to the high resolution imagery gathered for fear Ankara would use the information in its military campaign against Kurds, Reuters reported.
The imagery and information gathered is provided “solely to the anti-Islamic State coalition” and the military follows a strict process to ensure the intelligence gathered is not used for other purposes, Reuters quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying.
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