What is the story of the deployment of Turkish troops at Kabul Airport?
Kabul International Airport is the last station and base of foreign troops in Afghanistan, and the continued presence of Turkey to control and ensure its security has become important from this perspective.
According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the airport has been under Turkish military control for the past six years, and the main topic of recent US-Turkish talks on Afghanistan is their continued presence at Kabul Airport.
The United States recognizes the importance of Kabul Airport in maintaining the activities of foreign embassies, including its own. Turkish troops will also be deployed to secure the routes between these areas and the area around the airport.
Details and the number of Turkish troops have not been released, but some US officials stated that Defense Ministry officials have requested that 600 to 1,000 Turkish troops be stationed at Kabul Airport. It is also said that the provisions of this issue have been discussed and finalized with Turkey and the Government of Afghanistan and will be implemented in the coming weeks.
The Afghan government has also welcomed the deployment of Turkish troops at Kabul Airport, but the Taliban have called the presence of foreign troops, including Turkey, unacceptable.
Kabul Airport is a well-equipped air base that, in addition to being able to accommodate more than 100 aircraft, has a large set of US and NATO military and intelligence bases. The airport was built by the Soviets in 1960 and has been developed by the United States over the last twenty years with funding from Japan and NATO.
Kabul Airport is the last stronghold of foreign troops in Afghanistan, and the increase in Turkish troops there is a cover to protect US intelligence and security interests in Afghanistan.