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Watching Turkey, Part IV

July 29, 2011

It is not the single, big story that creates a clear picture, but the pieces of the puzzle that one assembles as an observant member of society.

Given all the space I have allocated to discussing Turkey, this story is another piece to the Turkish puzzle.

ANKARA – The head of the Turkish armed forces General Isik Kosaner along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces have resigned, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Friday, apparently plunging NATO’s second biggest military into disarray.

The reason for the generals’ resignations was not immediately clear, but tensions between the secularist military and the government of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have run high in recent years.

I had previously commented on data that showed that Turkish military personnel were beginning to vote for the AKP in greater numbers, possibly signifying a shift in the military from secularism towards Islamism. 

This may be the case in the rank and file, but the leadership appears to be holding the line.


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