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.
General Hulusi Akar, the Commander of the Turkish Land Forces was appointed as the new Chief of General Staff (CGS) by President Tayyip Erdo?an following the three-day Supreme Military Council (YA?) meetings held Aug. 3-5 and chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu.
Turkey?s top soldier is assuming his responsibilities at a very critical time. Amid a civil war in nearby Syria, a possible land offensive in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the surge of outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) attacks inside Turkey, Gen. Hulusi Akar will be juggling many balls while delicately handling domestic politics.