Turkey is a Middle Eastern country with the strongest military in the Middle East and North Africa. Photo/Middle East Monitor
ANKARA – Turki , Egypt and Iran occupying the top three ranks of the strongest military in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). That’s based on the 2023 Global Fire Power Military Power Rankings announced this week.
Turkey has moved up two places in global rankings, showing an increase in citizens available for military service, and a total military personnel of 755,000.
Meanwhile under the rule of authoritarian president Abd el-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt has demonstrated military spending – with sympathetic figures occupying key roles throughout the economy to ensure military funding is maintained.
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Meanwhile, Iran’s ranking is still far above its regional rival Saudi Arabia.
Interestingly, the three countries are all ranked above Israel.
According to the index, Israel remains in 18th place globally, has flat military spending and qualified soldiers although it still maintains strict military service.
Global Fire Power uses more than 60 factors to calculate any country’s ‘power index’ taking into account conventional metrics of military capacity, as well as the technological advances of smaller countries.
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In North Africa, Algeria continues to dominate its regional rivals, standing 26th in the world.
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