In an endeavor seen as an attempt to block an invasion, Turkey and and Qatar started a joint military exercise yesterday with armored vehicles and personnel from both sides taking part.
The joint military exercise on Aug. 1 has over 250 Turkish troops and more than 30 armored vehicles; a Turkish official was quoted as saying by Hürriyet Daily News Wednesday. Turkish land forces are participating in the first phase of the joint military exercise, while the second stage will include the naval forces of the two countries, after the Turkish frigate “TCG Gökova” arrived in Qatar with 214 personnel. Aug. 7-8 has been determined as the “distinguished observer day” of the joint exercise, with the participation of high-level commanders from Qatar and Turkey. The long-planned exercises are part of a mutual agreement aimed at “strengthening the defense capabilities of both countries,” as well as “boosting efforts to combat armed groups and maintaining stability in the region.” Turkey’s parliament on June 7 ratified legislation to allow more troops to be deployed to the military base in Qatar set up as part of an agreement signed in 2014. The latest joint exercise comes amid political tension among Gulf countries. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and a number of other countries recently cut ties with Qatar, accusing the emirate of supporting terrorism.
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Iranian and Iraqi forces are conducting a joint military drill started near the border with Iraqs autonomous Kurdistan region, temporarily closing two major border gates with the Kurdish Region. “Iraqi and Iranian units began exercises at 11:00 am (0800 GMT) with tanks and infantry only 250 metres (yards) from the border,” Shwan Abu Bakr, the Kurdish customs chief at the Bashmakh border post, told AFP
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Turkey has signed a contract with BMC Otomotiv Wednesday for the purchase of 529 tactical wheeled vehicles (TWV). Turkey has decided to work with BMC Otomotiv as a main contractor in the procurement of the items which are to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) said in a statement this week
The tiny Kingdom of Qatar has moved up three places on the list of the World's biggest military spenders in two years and now ranks behind Saudi Arabia and India. Qatar, which entered the Top Ten for the first time in 2015 (ranked sixth), is now ranked third, with significant imports from the USA, Germany, Switzerland and France, according to data released by UK Defense and Security Export Statistics for 2016 released last month
Pictures showing huge concrete blocks being moved along part of Turkeys border with Iran were published on the website of governors office of the eastern province of Agri. Turkey is building a 144-kilometer ‘security wall to stop cross border movements
Advanced Turkish naval frigate and Qatari missile boats participated in a joint naval exercises that both the countries had held for two days in Qatari Territorial waters near Doha. The rapid-response exercises was held offshore off Doha and was concluded Monday
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