Is Qatar becoming Turkish military barracks?



Thu, 03 Aug 2017 - 08:36 GMT


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 - 08:36 GMT

Turkish troops in Qatar- photo courtesy of Qatar Mubashir Twitter account

Turkish troops in Qatar- photo courtesy of Qatar Mubashir Twitter account

CAIRO – 3 August 2017: Turkish Forces place security checkpoints for inspection two days after the Turkish army sent a naval frigate docked at Hamad port in Doha, said Qatari Opposition Coalition on their Twitter account ““Mubasher Qatar.”

Turkey has placed in Doha more than 11 security barriers to inspect the Qatari citizens and inhabitants, the opposition added.

Upon Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s, the emir of Qatar request, Turkey has sent about 5000 soldiers to Doha.

On August 1, Qatar and Turkey agreed on holding naval and military maneuvers in the Arab Gulf waters in defiance of the Arab quartet, following Qatar’s rejection of the four Arab countries’ demands.

The Qatari Defense Ministry said the Turkish warship TCG Gokova is gearing up to take part in joint drills in the Arab Gulf waters, Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Tuesday.

On June 7, Turkey's parliament fast-tracked legislation to allow troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar that currently houses about 90 Turkish soldiers, Reuters reported.

Turkey set up the base, its first such installation in the Middle East, as part of an agreement signed in 2014.

A second batch of Turkish troops arrived in Qatar's Al-Udeid airbase on Thursday, joining a Turkish detachment already in place for training exercises launched earlier this week.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism, supporting terrorism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran.



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