Turkish Troops land in Doha, Qatar, 28 December 2017-Egypt Today
CAIRO – 28 December 2017: The Qatari Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday, December 26 the arrival of a new batch of Turkish armed troops to Al Udeid Air Base, as Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani continues to receive foreign troops on Qatar’s soil to defend his regime.
According to a Qatari Ministry of Defense statement published on its Twitter account, the new batch of Turkish troops is scheduled to back up and "join the Turkish forces currently stationed at the Tariq Bin Ziyad Mechanic Battalion military camp, within the framework of the joint military agreement between the state of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey."
Qatari Defense Ministry press release, 28 December 2017-Egypt Today
Earlier, on June 19, Turkish troops were warmly received in Qatar amid boasting from the regime about the presence foreign forces on its territories. The deployment came after the Turkish parliament passed a bill authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar, according to an agreement signed by the two countries in December 2014.
The move came in the aftermath of the Arab Quartet’s (Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia) boycott on June 9 due to the Qatari regime’s policy aimed at funding terrorism and inciting violence and chaos in neighboring countries. The Quartet issued three Qatar-linked terror lists that included 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar designated as terrorists.
Turkish Tanks in Doha, Qatar, 28 December 2017-Egypt Today
Qatar escalated the crisis by resorting to Turkey and Iran to secure food and water supplies, ignoring the demands set by Arab countries, which include downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and closing a Turkish airbase in Qatar.
Due to the deteriorating economy, travel bans and complicated political crisis between Qatar and its neighboring countries, 20 members of the ruling “Al Thani” family held an opposition meeting on December 19 against the policies of the Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hammad.