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originally posted by: Zaphod58
AWACS has been there since before the Russian aircraft was shot down by Turkey. They've been US aircraft . . .
The first Peace Eagle aircraft, named Kuzey (meaning North) was formally accepted into Turkish Air Force inventory on 21 February 2014. The remaining three aircraft will be named Güney (South), Doğu (East) and Batı (West).
. . . until earlier this year when NATO took on some of the mission. The US aircraft were needed elsewhere (such as in their heavy maintenance periods) so NATO stepped up.
What Germany was upset about was that NATO told them they were deploying instead of having months of meetings prior, like they usually do.
originally posted by: boomstick88
Just pure speculation, does the possibilitie exist that coup was on HRC server and russian intel got it?
including personnel based in Germany
The plan drew ire from German politicians who said Sunday that they were not consulted.
originally posted by: ipsedixit
a reply to: Zaphod58
This person doesn't know that when a link looks like that they have to click the "quote" button and then copy the entire link and paste it into their search engine. A newbie issue.
My apologies to the innocent one.
"The government must immediately inform parliament of the details of this deployment, in particular what missions will be assigned to these planes and the destination of any data they collect," Tobias Lindner, the green party's head of defense matters, demanded in German daily Bild.
Though the mission involves sending German troops abroad, the government said it has no plans to consult the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament. The defense ministry noted the deployment was aimed at carrying out airspace surveillance and not armed operations.
"All this shows a strong commitment by allies to the defense of Turkey and will contribute to increasing stability in the region."
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said early this month the alliance was working on new support measures for Turkey but insisted the commitment predated Ankara's shooting down of a Russian jet along the Syrian border.
Sahra Wagenknecht, vice president of radical left party Die Linke, called the mission "highly dangerous" and demanded a vote in the Bundestag. The head of the Bundestag's defence committee, Social Democrat Wolfgang Hellmich, said the timing of the news was "a bit curious" given that lawmakers were away for the holidays and have not yet taken up the matter.