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    Germany Should Immediately Withdraw Patriot Missiles From Turkey - Lawmaker

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    Dietmar Bartsch, a member of Bundestag, said that the deployment of the Patriot defense system in Turkey made no sense, stating that the German government had stationed it on political grounds.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — The German army should urgently withdraw its Patriot surface-to-air system from Turkey, where the weapon is used in military confrontation between Ankara and Kurdish militants, Dietmar Bartsch, a member of Bundestag, said Sunday.

    In December 2012, the German army stationed one of its Patriots about 100 kilometers from the Syrian border in Turkey to protect the country against potential attacks from the territory of its neighbor.

    Since late July, Ankara has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK) in northern Iraq, following a string of violent attacks in southeastern Turkey.

    "Now [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan bombed the PKK, the only ones who have been fighting the Islamic State effectively. Currently the Kurds are shooting Turkish bombers with German weapons. This is all absurd," Bartsch said in an interview to the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

    Bartsch added that the deployment of the Patriot defense system made no sense, stating that the German government had stationed it on political grounds.

    On July 20, a suicide bombing took place in the Turkish border city of Suruc, killing more than 30 people, most of them Kurds. The attack was reportedly committed by ISIL. In response, Kurdish militia killed two policemen in Turkey, justifying the murders by claiming the officers had backed Islamic State.

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