Hulusi Akar

Turkey shoots down Russian-made jet for airspace violation near Syrian border

Two Turkish F-16's shot down a Russian-made SU-24 jet on Nov. 24 near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace, presidential sources said.

Turkey shot down the jet after it failed to heed the warnings within the rules of engagement.

Initial reports said the jet belonged to Russia, but presidential sources later clarified that the jet's nationality was unknown.

Turkish military board to convene under PM Davuto?lu

The Supreme Military Council (YA?) will convene on Nov. 26, chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu. 

Members of the council including Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, the defense minister, force commanders, army commanders, the gendarmerie forces commander, navy commanders, and four star generals, will participate at the top defense meeting, which is held twice a year.

Turkish chief of staff hosts Qatari counterpart

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar hosted his counterpart, Qatari Armed Forces Chief of Staff Ghanim bin Shaheen Al-Ghanim, on Nov. 16, as global diplomatic efforts aimed at responding to threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) intensified in the wake of the series of attacks in Paris late on Nov. 13.

Turkey remembers Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on his death anniversary

Thousands flocked to the mausoleum of the Turkish Republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara to commemorate the leader who passed away 77 years ago on Nov. 10.    

An?tkabir will be open to visit until 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in an event that sees tens of thousands of people gather every year.