The Department of Defense on Tuesday denied comments from a senator who suggested the US was building up its capacity on a Greek island as a replacement for its presence at a Turkish air base.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in a televised interview that Turkey may close Incirlik and Kurecik bases where US soldiers are stationed 'if necessary'.
Revelations in Turkish media over an illegal child adoption scheme implicating American staff at the Incirlik air base in Turkey's Adana province has prompted a public inquiry.
In May Turkey authorised a visit to Konya but then revoked its permission due to increased bilateral tensions, said Rainer Arnold, defence spokesperson for the SPD, the junior party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition.
The withdrawal from the Incirlik base, approved by the German parliament last month, marks a further step in one of many bilateral disputes between the two nations.
The Turkish government, accusing Germany of double standards and making the decision to appease voters in Germany's upcoming federal elections.
Tensions between the two countries reached a peak when German authorities banned planned meetings of Turkish ministers with representatives of its three-million-strong Turkish community in Germany ahead of the historic Turkish referendum.
General Bekir Ercan Van, the commander of Turkey's Incirlik air base, has been arrested over links to a failed coup against the Turkish government.
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