Turkiye sending 3,000 police to Qatar to help secure World Cup

Hundreds of people take a photo as the official logo of the 'FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022' is reflected on a wall in Doha, Qatar on 3 September 2019 [Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye will send more than 3,000 riot police to Qatar to help secure World Cup stadiums and hotels in a security operation paid for by the competition hosts but under Turkish command, a Turkish Interior Ministry source said, Reuters reports. With a population of less than 3 million – of which just 380,000 are Qatari nationals – Qatar faces a shortage of personnel as it gears up for the month-long FIFA soccer tournament. It has turned to Turkiye, its closest regional ally, to secure the competition which is expected to attract an unprecedented 1.2 million visitors to the small but wealthy gas-exporting Gulf State. Under a protocol signed between the two countries and published in Turkiye's official gazette, Ankara will […]