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Turkey takes command of NATO crisis response force

Turkey takes command of NATO crisis response force
NATO touted the Turkish military’s ability to carry out the crisis response mission despite Ankara being at odds with members of the alliance, including the U.S., over its close ties to Russia.

NATO Turkey’s army will lead NATO’s quick reaction force in 2021, placing Turkish troops at the core of a multinational unit that would deploy quickly to wherever it’s needed to defend the alliance in a crisis, the U.The quick reaction force, formally known as NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, was created in 2014 in response to a more aggressive Russia.Despite these disagreements, Turkey’s 66th mechanized infantry brigade of 4,200 troops will serve as the main element of NATO’s quick reaction force during 2021.The quick reaction force is a spearhead element within NATO’s larger Response Force, which has gained in strategic significance since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine six years ago.

A member state leading the quick reaction force could also refuse to deploy its forces.Turkey takes command of NATO crisis response force The Turkish army will take the lead of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force on Jan.

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