Hulusi Akar

Turkey neighboring three regions in crisis, chief of staff says

Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar has said Turkey is the only NATO member country that is neighboring three crisis areas, namely Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, speaking at NATO's Military Committee conference in Istanbul late on Sept. 12.

"These crises are in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. These threats affect not only the region but also global security.

NATO's top commanders meet in Istanbul to discuss Ukraine, Syria

NATO?s highest military authority, the Military Committee, will convene in Istanbul for a three-day session starting Sept. 11 to review security challenges in Europe and the Middle East, as well as ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

The meeting will be hosted by Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.

What is the name of our state?

I know this is an absurd question. The name of our state in all official documents here and abroad is the ?Republic of Turkey.? Well then, why such a question; why such a title? 

Let me explain. 

While he was delivering his Aug. 30 Victory Day message, our new Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar said some interesting things which drew my attention. 

Turkish army to upgrade armored vehicles

The Turkish government and army have agreed on upgrading its armored vehicles in the aftermath of a landmine blast which caused the death of soldiers inside a lightly armored vehicle in Turkey's southeast. 

The decision to upgrade its fleet of armored vehicles came in yesterday's security meeting headed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, where the defense industry was on the agenda. 

Risks and threats require use of all national forces, says Turkey's new top commander

Turkey?s frontline role in the United States-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the ongoing battle against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), has increased Turkey?s security needs, the country?s new top commander has said, calling for a marshalling of all resources at hand.