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Turks leger breidt buitenlandse operaties uit

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March 7, 2019 -- Onder president Erdogan wendt Turkije vaker zijn militaire invloed aan om zijn buitenlandse beleidsdoelen na te streven, en heeft plannen om tegen 2020 duizenden manschappen op bases buiten zijn grenzen te stationeren.

Turkey is expanding its intervention in Syria while keeping up a military presence in Iraq, Qatar, Somalia and Afghanistan and maintaining peacekeeping troops in the Balkans, according to Bloomberg News.

At the same time, the Turkish navy patrols the Mediterranean and Aegean seas to protect energy and territorial interests.

The effort comes at a cost. The military budget as a percentage of gross domestic product has risen, from 1.8 percent in 2015 to 2.2 percent in 2017, at a time when Turkey’s economy has weakened.

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