Turkey Approves Extended Force Deployment in Somalia

Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday approved the extension of Turkish forces serving in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia, and the Arabian Sea.

The parliament backed a motion extending the authorization of the deployment through Feb. 10, 2019.

Since it was first approved by parliament in 2008, the Prime Ministry motion for the deployment has been extended 10 times.

Turkey’s decision to extend its troops’ deployment comes off the back of last month’s Turkish defence plan to deploy 60,000 troops in bases abroad, including Qatar.

Turkey already has 3,000 troops deployed near the Red Sea in Somalia, in addition to a military base in Sudan’s Suakin Island.

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