Germany ‘will not rule out’ creating long-term base in Middle East

        Germany could potentially deploy its troops to the Middle East on a long-term basis, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said while visiting a German base in Jordan. Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the region, the minister replied that she <em>&ldquo;did not want to rule the idea out,&rdquo;</em> adding that Berlin first needed to <em>&ldquo;bring this deployment to a successful end.&rdquo;</em> The Jordanian base currently hosts a refueling plane and four Tornado fighter jets that fly reconnaissance missions as part of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.