Turkish special forces will participate in military drills hosted by Azerbaijan

Turkey will participate in joint military drills with its close allies Azerbaijan and Pakistan beginning on Sunday, the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Saturday.

Azerbaijan will host the drills, the country’s defence ministry said. They are called Three Brothers – 2021. Their purpose, the ministry explained in a statement, is to improve these special forces’ interoperability, “prepare for operations in peacetime and wartime,” and share “knowledge and experience”. 

Turkey and Azerbaijan also held live-fire drills together in Baku earlier this year, another example of their growing defence ties.

Azerbaijan hugely increased its imports of Turkish military equipment, including Bayraktar TB2 drones, in 2020 and used those weapons against Armenia in that year’s war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

These will be the first drills in which the three militaries all participate at once. They will begin on Sunday and last nine days. 

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