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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

"One of the key agenda items during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's July 23-24 visits to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar is Turkey's continued military presence in Qatar. A Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries that cut ties with Qatar in early June is demanding, among a dozen other things, that Turkey close its base there.

Doha and Ankara firmly rejected the demand as "infringement of sovereign rights." Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in his July 21 address to the nation, praised Turkey's stand in the Gulf crisis, saying, "We express our gratitude to Turkey for rapidly implementing our cooperation agreement and meeting our basic needs."

Qatar is suffering under sanctions by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt, which have restricted Qatar by air, land and sea, charging that the country supports terrorists, which Qatar denies…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Turkey won't leave Qatar until after it is sure that there's no paper trail or witnesses that may lead the ISIS oil money laundering back to them. Turkey will occupy its Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) ally's territory until it is certain everything is squeaky clean.

It might need to kidnap a few more Qatari royals and their families abroad to do that.

And maybe Turkey will send troops and "cleaners" to UAE next:

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PS. If Erdogan plans this right, and wants to make points with more Muslim nations, he could claim that he's doing all this to liberate all the foreign Muslim workers that the Qataris have treated like slaves and prevented from going home for years.
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Great War Ace Inactive Member25 Jul 2017 5:50 p.m. PST

My son, an AF chaplain, just flew to Qatar last week. So there isn't any difficulty getting there. I think he's pretty safe, on the largest US base in the Mideast.

ITALWARS Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Jul 2017 1:19 a.m. PST

Turkey imperialism is certainly something to check but the ideas of ultra medieval kingdoms leaded by illeterated sathrapes who treat their citizens and foreign workers like slaves that have been invaded by a modern nation is not so bad ..maybe among the lessons given to the supposdly "kidnapped" Qatari Royals there is the one that now they'll learn how to clean by themselves their their golden toilet…

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