Turkey Marches Ahead With Its Military Plans in Qatar
MIN READJun 16, 2017 | 20:23 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, shown here meeting in Istanbul in 2016, are pursing joint military and diplomatic opportunities to extend their countries' influence in the Middle East.
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Though Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have cut ties with Qatar, touching off a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, one friend has refused to abandon the small country on the Persian Gulf. Turkey's steadfast support of Qatar has stood out since the dispute began June 5. Not only has Ankara provided diplomatic and trade assistance to Doha, but it also has moved to expedite the deployment of Turkish forces to Qatar, a decision that will fortify the common strategic ground between the two countries....