Mapping the Turkish Military’s Expanding Footprint: QuickTake

Not since the days of the Ottoman Empire has the Turkish military had such an extensive regional footprint. Under its ambitious president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey sent troops to Libya to turn the tide of the war there, and it keeps up a military presence in Syria, Iraq, Qatar, Somalia, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan as well as maintaining peacekeeping troops in the Balkans. At the same time, the Turkish navy patrols the Mediterranean and Aegean seas where Ankara has laid claim to energy and ter