Arabic and International Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 22: 36 pm (589 views)
Turkey is deploying 60,000 troops in four foreign bases, including Qatar
Baghdad / Sky Press
Turkey plans to deploy nearly 60,000 of its military forces armed with various weapons in four bases abroad until 2022, including its base in Qatar, informed sources said.
According to the newspaper «opinion today», the Turkish National Security Council discussed the plan at its meeting on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the plan was adopted to seek to legitimize and classify humanitarian and military roles to assist friends and allies in several key locations in the region under the heading of protecting Turkish strategic interests.
The Turkish plan, according to sources, is able after 4 years of deployment and installation of approximately 60 thousand soldiers of different types and armaments in four military bases at least.
A Turkish source described the plan of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "very ambitious and investment" as it would accompany dozens of Turkish investment enterprises to be set up in friendly countries and neighboring countries with military bases.
According to the sources, there are three thousand Turkish soldiers at an advanced base near the Red Sea in Somalia and a military base on the Sudanese island of Suakin, which can accommodate 20 thousand military elements in the first five years, as well as the Turkish military base in Qatar, , Without talking about the fourth rule.
Since Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power, Turkey has sought to expand its presence abroad by strengthening trade and military relations with many allied and friendly countries, or by trying to establish military bases abroad.
It is noteworthy that in addition to the forces that were already in Qatar before the siege, after the outbreak of the Gulf crisis only two days, and on June 7 last, the Turkish parliament passed a law allowing the deployment of Turkish troops at the Turkish military base in Qatar, according to the agreement signed with Doha In 2007.
A few days later, on June 19, Turkey already deployed more troops to al-Qaeda. On August 5-6, the two countries conducted ground maneuvers, followed by joint naval exercises on 6-7 of the same month. .
In addition, the joint exercises and visits between the military officials of the two countries to enhance military cooperation, as well as the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Doha and the visit of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad to Ankara as the first country to visit after the siege, Just current.
The new Gulf had details of a military attack on Qatar planned by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but Turkey's announcement to deploy troops in Doha, days after the crisis broke out on June 5, hampered the implementation of the plan, sparking Saudi-Saudi anger against Turkey.