Turkey and Qatar held joint military drills, “showcasing their strategic alliance”

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Over the weekend, Turkey and Qatar held joint military drills, “showcasing their strategic alliance,” according to Qatari media. It comes after Turkish troops moved into Qatar following a diplomatic and transport blockade imposed on Qatar by several Arab countries. The drills are aimed at “preparing Qatar’s military to defend vital economic, strategic and infrastructure facilities.” Turkish soldiers were deployed into the country in June, after Turkey fast-tracked legislation to allow hundreds of troop deployments to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The move came after several Arab nations imposed a blockade on Qatar, and accused it of supporting terrorism. Turkey announced that it’ll deploy 3,000 ground troops to the base, for joint training exercises and to support anti-terrorism operations.

Turkish soldiers were deployed into the country in June after Turkey fast-tracked legislation to allow hundreds of troop deployments to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The move came after several Arab nations imposed a blockade on Qatar, and accused it of supporting terrorism. Turkey announced that it’ll deploy 3,000 ground troops to the base, for joint training exercises and to support anti-terrorism operations.

However, the existence of the base is a major point of contention among the Arab nations that issued the blockade. Its closure is part of a 13-point ultimatum issued by those countries, which include: Saudi Arabia/Bahrain/the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Despite calls to shut down the base, Qatar is unlikely to do so. Qatar’s defense minister said that “we (Qatar/Turkey) enjoy a special strategic relationship,” as they have the same stance on the issue of “liberating the oppressed peoples and democracies.” Turkey also said that is has zero intention of shutting down the base. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik made it clear that “re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

Turkish soldiers were deployed into the country in June after Turkey fast-tracked legislation to allow hundreds of troop deployments to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The move came after several Arab nations imposed a blockade on Qatar, and accused it of supporting terrorism. Turkey announced that it’ll deploy 3,000 ground troops to the base, for joint training exercises and to support anti-terrorism operations. However, the existence of the base is a major point of contention among the Arab nations that issued the blockade. Its closure is part of a 13-point ultimatum issued by those countries, which include: Saudi Arabia/Bahrain/the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Despite calls to shut down the base, Qatar is unlikely to do so. Qatar’s defense minister said that “we (Qatar/Turkey) enjoy a special strategic relationship,” as they have the same stance on the issue of “liberating the oppressed peoples and democracies.” Turkey also said that has zero intention of shutting down the base. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik made it clear that “re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

Turkish soldiers were deployed into the country in June after Turkey fast-tracked legislation to allow hundreds of troop deployments to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The move came after several Arab nations imposed a blockade on Qatar, and accused it of supporting terrorism. Turkey announced that it’ll deploy 3,000 ground troops to the base, for joint training exercises and to support anti-terrorism operations. However, the existence of the base is a major point of contention among the Arab nations that issued the blockade. Its closure is part of a 13-point ultimatum issued by those countries, which include: Saudi Arabia/Bahrain/the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Despite calls to shut down the base, Qatar is unlikely to do so. Qatar’s defense minister said that “we (Qatar/Turkey) enjoy a special strategic relationship,” as they have the same stance on the issue of “liberating the oppressed peoples and democracies.” Turkey also said that has zero intention of shutting down the base. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik made it clear that “re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

Published by: The War Files

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