Turkey has announced its intention to deploy forces in the Gulf of Aden and the Arab Sea under the pretext of “fighting piracy”.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that it is to send a military frigate to the Gulf of Aden by next September.
Turkey will lead the Joint Task Force CTF-151 to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean, Anadolu reported.
Turkey justified this step to lead the naval tasks of the so-called “common tasks forces” (CTF-151) in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, although it had assumed the leadership of those forces last June, according to an earlier announcement from Ankara.
Observers see that this step was expected, especially because the pro-Turkish factions are fighting a fierce war with the forces loyal to the UAE in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwa and Abyan.
Activists from the Yemeni Islah Party had campaigned over the past month to promote Turkish military intervention in Yemen, the observers referred.
To create justifications for any possible military intervention, Turkey had sent a memorandum to the Security Council during the past days denouncing what it described as war crimes committed by the UAE in Yemen.
It is worth noting that Turkey has a large military base on the Somali coast that it may use for any military operations in Yemen due to its geographical proximity.