Turkey’s Military Chiefs ‘Resign’

Photo: ozgurmulazimoglu (CC)

Photo: ozgurmulazimoglu (CC)

With allegations of military officials, academics, politicians and many others campaigning to overthrow the government, over 400 people are estimated to be brought to trial.  The head of the Turkish armed forces and other military officials have decided to resign due to extending circumstances. Al Jazeera reports:

General Isik Kosaner, the head of the Turkish armed forces, has quit along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces.

The country’s state-run Anatolia news agency said the military chiefs have asked to leave their posts because of tensions with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the recently re-elected prime minister.

Antolia reported Kosaner as resigning “as he saw it as necessary”.

This is the first time so many top commanders in Turkey have resigned at once.

Al Jazeera Turk’s Elif Ural said while there has been no official comments yet, the prime minister will be releasing a written statement within the next hour or two.

[Continues at Al Jazeera]

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10 Responses to Turkey’s Military Chiefs ‘Resign’

  1. JoiquimCouteau July 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Eh, that’s just a conspiracy theory.

  2. Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Eh, that’s just a conspiracy theory.

  3. Hadrian999 July 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    it’s a warning sign of turkey on the path to theocracy, in turkey the military has long been a force keeping islamic fundamentalism in check in the government, now a fundamentalist president that has stated he wants to end the secular system in turkey has just gutted the leadership of the military, I bet there are some interesting things going on in NATO leadership right now

    • SF2K01 July 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

      Welcome to the future of the middle east. They’re already a dystopican dictatorship/theocracy on the ground, the theocratic groups are just biding their time and waiting to make it official.

  4. Hadrian999 July 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    it’s a warning sign of turkey on the path to theocracy, in turkey the military has long been a force keeping islamic fundamentalism in check in the government, now a fundamentalist president that has stated he want’s to end the secular system in turkey has just gutted the leadership of the military, I bet there are some interesting things going on in NATO leadership right now

  5. Guest999 July 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Europe is again betting on the wrong horse. The Islamist AKP government, backed-up by the Western world, will be their problem in the future. It’s just a matter of time until the secularists will be fully cleared from the military and until one of the largest military forces in the world will be controlled by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With the Islamic World dream inside his head, I see him as the new Saddam or Osama after taking off his democracy mask. Although they see him as their trojan horse to Turkey, the west will again regret.

  6. Guest999 July 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Europe is again betting on the wrong horse. The Islamist AKP government, backed-up by the Western world, will be their problem in the future. It’s just a matter of time until the secularists will be fully cleared from the military and until one of the largest military forces in the world will be controlled by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With the Islamic World dream inside his head, I see him as the new Saddam or Osama after taking off his democracy mask. Although they see him as their trojan horse to Turkey, the west will again regret.

  7. Malk July 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m sorry I didn’t read this article or know much about the subject, but the picture is from “ozgurmulazimoglu” and I just couldn’t help but make that extra clear…
    that has to be the craziest name out of both made up and not names I have ever seen.

  8. Malk July 30, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I’m sorry I didn’t read this article or know much about the subject, but the picture is from “ozgurmulazimoglu” and I just couldn’t help but make that extra clear…
    that has to be the craziest name out of both made up and not names I have ever seen.

  9. Anonymous July 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Welcome to the future of the middle east. They’re already a dystopican dictatorship/theocracy on the ground, the theocratic groups are just biding their time and waiting to make it official.

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