Turkish Armed Forces

Strategy department as a putschist laboratory

One of the key figures in the July 15, 2016, coup attempt was the head of the Strategic Transformation Department of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Mehmet Dişli. While defending himself in a statement to the prosecutor on July 18, 2016, he said: "I have worked with the commander for 16 years at several levels. I regard the commander as a part of my family." 

Fighting PKK is also in Germany's interest: Berlin

Germany's top diplomat has underlined that eradicating all financial resources to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Germany and preventing its activities on German soil are in the interest of Berlin, ahead of a visit to Ankara to resolve the İncirlik Air Base crisis so that parliamentarians can visit German troops stationed at the base. 

Army didn't think Gülen would dare to stage coup: Turkey's top soldier

The Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) was regarded as a grave threat to Turkey, but no state institution could foresee that it would dare stage a coup and topple the Republic of Turkey, the country's top soldier has said, contending that the army took all necessary measures to foil the attempt immediately after it learned of a plot.

Turkey seeks to replenish severely depleted military

The groups most affected by mass purges after the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey were the military cadets at high school and university levels. The government dismissed about 7,000 officer candidates attending four-year military high schools and four-year academies and transferred them to civilian schools.

Turkey's defense industry reaches a key turning point

The Turkish government has fairly ambitious plans about boosting its defense industry. For sure, the sector has shown a considerable growth in the last couple of years, with almost all leading arms companies developing new prototypes mostly along with Western partners. The sector has now reached a critical turning point and will need to show its ability to become a mass manufacturer.