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TURKEY'S MILITARY TO MOVE INTO SOMALIA AFTER BACKING QATAR IN GULF CRISIS

A member of the Turkish security forces sits inside an armored vehicle outside the newly opened Turkish embassy in Mogadishu on June 3 2016. A member of the Turkish security forces sits inside an armored vehicle outside the newly opened Turkish embassy in Mogadishu on June 3 2016.

Somalilandsun-Turkey is set to open the largest military camp in Somalia, where locals are battling an Islamist militant group in addition to drought and disease.

Somali Defense Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed said the camp would open next month, after two years of construction, and would be equipped to host up to 1,500 troops at one time, making it the largest such facility in the East African nation.

This is according to a report by Newseek which reveals that "The site will be Turkey's second overseas military installation, following the establishment of a base in Qatar in 2015.

Turkey has already offered humanitarian support to Somalia, in which up to 6 million people are reportedly suffering from the effects of drought and an outbreak of cholera; and Ankara has further committed up to 200 soldiers to train and assist local security forces in the battle against Islamist militant group Al-Shabab, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

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