— Published 28 September 2022

The army in support of the police

Unprecedented. Qatar is going to cast a wide net, very wide, to ensure the security of the 2022 Football World Cup (20 November to 18 December). In addition to its police force, the Gulf state will mobilise its army and call on foreign and private security forces. In particular, Qatar will be able to rely on its conscripts, as all Qatari men between the ages of 18 and 35 must complete four months of military service. “Qatar’s national service programme will continue as normal during the World Cup,” a government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The recruits will be temporarily supported by a small number of conscripts. Qatar has more than 50,000 soldiers and police, but will also call on thousands of security guards at its stadiums and foreign forces on the streets of Doha. Turkey has agreed to send 3,200 police officers during the World Cup. Pakistan and Morocco are also expected to send troops.