Turkey Deploys "Fifth Batch" Of Troops To Qatar

While Rex Tillerson was actively seeking to resolve the Qatar crisis with his "shuttle diplomacy" tour across the Gulf, signing a memorandum of understanding with Qatar on fighting terrorism in Doha on Tuesday  after spending Monday in Turkey and Kuwait, Qatar said more Turkish troops had arrived at a Turkish military base in Doha after Ankara fast-tracked legislation in June expanding the troop deployment to Qatar.

According to Gulf Times, the Directorate of Moral Guidance at the Ministry of Defence has announced the arrival of the fifth batch of Turkish troops in Qatar.

According to the directorate, the batch is joining the Turkish forces currently in Doha (Tariq Bin Ziyad battalion camp). Arrival of the batch will boost training tasks within the framework of military co-operation between Qatar and Turkey and to activate the terms of defence agreements between the two countries.

The latest "training" exercise at the Qatari base - which houses Turkish soldiers under an agreement signed in 2014 - has been ongoing since June 19, with the continued base existence one of the key demands in the recently rejected Saudi ultimatum. As a reminder, at the end of June, Riyadh laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, including the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the the closure of the Turkish military base in the emirate. The UAE warned that Qatar should take the demands seriously or face a "divorce" from its Gulf neighbors. Ten days later, Qatar denied the accusations, calling the move "unjustified."

Even as the diplomatic crisis escalated, Turkey has been trying to do its best to mediate. Ankara displayed its support to Qatar as Parliament approved two deals to deploy troops to an air base in Qatar. Ankara's latest troop deployment to Qatar is meant to increase stability and help Turkish peacemaking efforts function better according to Reuters. The deal to deploy troops to Qatari soil, which is expected to improve the country's army and boost military cooperation, was signed in April 2016 in the Gulf country's capital Doha. The deal was approved by Parliament after a period of one year.

"This defense cooperation between Doha and Ankara is part of their common defense vision to support anti-terrorism efforts and maintain security and stability in the region," a statement by Qatar's Armed Forces said. The statement did not give the number of Turkish troops at the base or how many had just joined to bolster the deployment.


HRH Feant2 (not verified) Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:16 Permalink

I don't get why the US, or any country, is still dealing with Turkey. Erdogan is a wannabe Muslim dictator. Fuck Turkey.

Ghordius HRH Feant2 (not verified) Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:43 Permalink

there is a whole boatload of reasons. I'm not even sure I could recount all of them, from memoryI'll try to make a list for you:1. location, location, location.best seen when the US set some nuclear missiles there, whereas the Soviets were so enraged by that (see: "I can see them from my dacha in Crimea!" that they retaliated by trying to set some on Cuba, the somewhat trusty ally in reach. see: Cuba Missile Crisis2. it's population was... westernized. by Atatürk, the founder of the country3. It has the biggest army in the region4. it has some influence on all "Turkic" peoples. this alone always meant that the Soviet Union could never disregard Turkey, and modern Russia can't, either, because in and around Russia it's full of Turkic People5. speaking again of Russia, the old Russian Empire had centuries of struggles with Turkey6. at the cost of repeating a point: it can't be ignored, it's a 200 pound lion in the room. not as big as the Bear, but nothing the Bear can just dismiss7. Turkey is what is left of the core of the Ottoman Empire. which was dis-membered by the British and French Empires. The Brits cut the region into British clients, all Kingdoms, and the French in French clients, all Republics. All the Middle East countries which feature the news were once just part of the Ottoman Empire...

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HRH Feant2 (not verified) Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

Since you like bullet points:

1. Turkey was a secular nation and Erdogan has islamisized it. This was not an improvement.

2. Turkey is still part of NATO for no good reason. NATO, primarily the US, needs to kick Turkey to the curb by withdrawing our troops and planes from Incirlik airbase.

3. As I said above, fuck Turkey.

4. Before Turkey was controlled by the Ottoman Empire it was part of the Roman Empire and Constantinople, now named Istanbul, was the center of Christendom after Emporer Constantine became a Christian and declared that the faith of the Roman Empire was to be Christian.

5. Erdogan is a tyrant and should be brought up on charges in the world court. He is one more dictator and tyrant that has silenced free speech in favor of what? Sharia law. Fuck Erdogan.


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Ghordius HRH Feant2 (not verified) Wed, 07/12/2017 - 04:25 Permalink

excellent points, thank you1. I'm not sure Erdogan can "re-Islamize" Turkey just like that, or in his lifetime in power. we'll see2. begs for the question: does the US... lead NATO? does... Mr. Trump?3. ...4. correct. see the Russian view, over the last centuries, about this. as a reminder, Russia sports the Roman Eagle again5. a "world court"... isn't that something "globalist"? in the sense of a concerted effort by all countries of the world? isn't it against the current mood of the US itself?

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Mustafa Kemal Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:36 Permalink

"1. I'm not sure Erdogan can "re-Islamize" Turkey just like that, or in his lifetime in power. we'll see"HRH F is correct here IMO: The recent coup in Turkey by Erdogan has essentially given him a Sultanate. His party Milli Gorush, the Turkish MB, was outlawed, so they put lipstick on it and made the AK party which he now heads. The Morsi democratic deconstruction of Egyptian democracy was terminated so MB went to Turkey. There they have been successful.  Many, roughly half, Turks do not support this swing to MB.  But it has happened nevertheless. The loss of Turkey to the MB is a great loss to the world. There founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is rolling in his grave.As for the "Fuck Turkey" sentiments, I prefer to Love. Moreover, given what I know of them, they will be good fighters. I would not want to fight them.

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Joe A Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 05:02 Permalink

Regarding 7, nowadays Turkey's territory is due to the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923. Recently, Turkey's MPs and even high ranking government officials stated that that treaty should be annulled (Turkey is eyeing Greek islands off the Turkish coasts), to which the Greek and others replied that they could always resort to the Treaty of Sèvres that carved up Turkey even further.Treaties just as alliances last until they are no longer useful and then somebody wants to break the treaty.

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Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:22 Permalink

OT, though only slightly soI'd like to make a point here that might strongly exceed my capabilities of building bridges of comprehensionit's a "cultural point", targeted at a whole generation of young people that are fans of "Game of Thrones" fantasywell, it's not really fantasy. the author draws on history. most of the scenes... happened in a similar wayin a way, it's quite exactly "how power behaves"the problem is somewhere else: it's super-concentrated, leaving out whole boring generations in between the amazing betrayals, the great upheavals in the arrangements among powers, the decades of diplomacy and peacepower... is other people. influence... is other countries. "winning"... is having more friends, more alliesallies... are precious. that's the norm, in the history of power, punctuated by brief spells of "Game of Thrones" that are the exceptionTurkey is builing up a friendship with Qatar, an alliance with it's new vassal, it's new cherished allyTurkey is, by that, fostering an impression among 1.6 billion Muslims that "there is a grown-up, in the room"Turkey used to be the hegemon of the region. and Turkey is re-building this role, upon this pastand this is another cultural difference: long term thinking, long term planning, thinking like: "where will we be, in a century or two?"note that China is the world champion of long term strategies, while Russia isn't that bad in it, toonot even one of those resurgent world powers think in terms of "fix it", "do a quick thing and it will be fine", "kick that guy out, and everything will be hanky-dory", it's all patient build-up on strenghts, friendships, allies, commonalities, empathy, understanding, emphasis on common interests and goalsit's not poker, it's not checkers, it's chess... or that Chinese game that is even more complexand, in case I have not written that often enough: every ally is preciousend of musing. love you all, you ZH rascals

Joe A Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 05:22 Permalink

Allies come and go and alliance exist as long as they are useful.Erdogan wants to restore the Ottoman Empire and be the leader of the Islamic world. Most of the former Ottoman Empire excluding Turkey says "meh, no thank you and fuck you". Erdogan and his sidekicks said on several occassions touring the Balkans that the Ottoman EMpire was the best thing that ever happened to the Balkans and that that situation should be restored. Most of the Balkans excluding Bosniak part of Bosnia and Kosovo saying "meh,no thank you and fuck you". Edrogan calls on Turks in Germany, NL and other places not to intergrate. These places minus the Turks there also saying "meh,no  thank you and fuck you". And it goes on. Most of the world does not think that Turkey is the grown up in the room nor considers it any longer an ally.Latest news is that Turkey is running some death squads out of The Hague targeting Kurdish activists.Edit - and oh, yes, Joe A <3 ZH sons of bitches as well.

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johnjkiii Wed, 07/12/2017 - 04:03 Permalink

I just don't understand why we in the West care if these rag heads want to slaughter each other and don't spend our efforts trying to stop them from doing the same to us, here. Let them kill each other off and befriend the last camel jockey standing.

Ghordius johnjkiii Wed, 07/12/2017 - 04:31 Permalink

your question touches something like 100 years of history. too much for one comment on one blogso let me touch only one point: Iraqdo you know or understand why President Bush invaded Iraq? do you know or understand why the French were advising against that? do you know or understand why the US Congress Cafeteria choose to make a point in case, by renaming "French Fries" on their menu into "Freedom Fries"?

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BrownCoat Ghordius Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:14 Permalink

"do you know or understand why President Bush invaded Iraq?"What is your answer to that question Ghordius? My answer would be something like, the alcoholic rich kid was doing the bidding of the US Military-Industrial Complex (because war stimulates the economy and let the next president pick up the pieces) OR Junior (with family connections to big oil) used America's military as a mercenary force to help Saudi Arabia's foreign policy (by attacking a Saudi enemy). The Iraq oil contracts going to French and Russian firms that switched to American firms after the invasion were just icing on the cake.

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PUNCHY Wed, 07/12/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

I thought I would be the first to say it for this particular WWIII warm up phase: "It will all be over before Christmas"Sadly, this time that might just be TRUE.

lakecity55 Wed, 07/12/2017 - 05:06 Permalink

I'd bet they have nothing larger than a heavy batallion there with these new additions.The other States may not attack if there are enough Turkish troops roaming around.

overmedicatedu… Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:01 Permalink

some old white men had an idea about all this mess, modern .gov laughs at them.."It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world": it was George Washington's Farewell Address to us. The inaugural pledge of Thomas Jefferson was no less clear: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none."would that we had such leadership in the 20th century..what would the world look like today?

helloimjohnnycat overmedicatedu… Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:43 Permalink

We would have a lot less joos thinking Mr. Cat, and the rest of ya'll, owes the joos everything we earn in the form of BBBBs *** to first be redistibuted to shiftless, no-good POS MF'ers uglifying America before returning to duh zhids !Equally importante, most naggers would speak more clearly, more politely, say yassuh & nosuh, and spend less time in jail buggering each others' filthy, disease-ridden obamas.Why ? Because naggers with a mouf full of welfare gibs are not getting their USDA daily recommended amounts of protein. There must be something in our water making naggers more ignorant, and whites more tolerant of low-IQ monkey-shines.A good guess would be something conjured-up by Monsanto. *** Bolshevik Banker Boomerang Bucks

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dogismycopilot Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:10 Permalink

EXCLUSIVE: Libyan Army Spox Says Obama, Clinton 'Abandoned the Libyan People to the Terrorists'https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/07/11/exclusive-libyan-army-… 4) What role does Qatar play now in financing and arming extremists in Libya?The last clear support of Qatar to terrorist groups was their support of the so-called "Benghazi Defense Brigades," another al-Qaeda affiliate that was labeled a terrorist group by the Libyan HoR and by other Arab countries. The Qatari support to them arrived in Al Jufrah in form of weapons, ammunition, armored vehicles, telecommunication equipment, and money in cash.