Editor’s note: This article was written by Eren Ersozoglu and originally published on Grey Dynamics. 

This Grey Dynamics African Intelligence Article analyses the SADAT paramilitary group, and the political de facto implications placed on Turkish-African relations and security amid an increase in cooperation between Turkey and African states.

  • Turkey’s private military contractor, SADAT, has been conducting military training programs in Africa since 2013.
  • With an increase in military deals with African nations and the growth of Turkey’s economic, political, and social footprint on the continent, SADAT can operate without the constraints of hampering government entities.
  • Retired Gen. Adnan Tanrıverdi, the founder of SADAT, has expressed that Turkey should support Islamic groups against state terrorism in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, and the Central African Republic (CAR).

The Organisation

SADAT Inc. International Defense Consultancy is a Turkish private security contractor, founded by former Gen. Adnan Tanrıverdiin in 2012. Tanrıverdi had been forced into retirement in 1996, due to Islamist affiliations. Reports allege that SADAT is present in Syria and Iraq, in the form of paramilitary troops, training, and military ordnance procurement. There is a close relationship with SADAT and the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Many voices that are against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have raised concerns regarding the relationship. They believe that SADAT is a potential proxy force being utilized by Erdogan to extend the Turkish sphere of influence and interests globally. A lot of SADAT  personnel are Turkish military experts, who have been forced to leave the army because of extremist views.