Turkish Armed Forces

Turkish soldiers at NATO base in Germany seek asylum: Report

Several members of the Turkish military stationed at a NATO base in southeast Germany have sought asylum in the country to avoid returning to Turkey, the German DPA news agency has reported.

DPA reported on Nov. 16 that the soldiers are stationed at NATO's air command in Ramstein, southwest Germany.

Post-coup attempt restructuring means Turkish army may no longer be functional: Özcan

The restructuring of the Turkish military in the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt could create more problems than it solves, according to Nihat Ali Özcan, an academic an a retired major.

"Efforts to restructure the army should be done taking into account the army's functions," Özcan told the Hürriyet Daily News.

US refuses to sell Turkey 7.62 mm machine guns

It was difficult to grasp the issue at first. At the recent annual meeting of the Turkish-American Council held at one of Ritz Carlton's meeting rooms in Washington D.C., after a panel on defense cooperation, a State Department official approached a Turkish military official to say there had been a mistake and they would solve it. The Turkish official replied kindly.

We received suspected Gülenist's names before coup attempt: Former gendarmerie commander

The Turkish military had a long list of high-ranking soldiers linked to the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen two weeks before the July 15 attempted coup, former gendarmerie commander Galip Mendi has told a parliamentary panel formed to investigate the failed attempt. 

Turkish military academy to resume student admissions in February 2017

Turkey's military academy will resume student admissions in February 2017, following a halt after the failed July 15 coup attempt.

The academic year will kick off in February 2017 primarily for the air force academy, according to an official from the Defense Ministry who wanted to remain anonymous. 

Former Chief of Staff says resigned due to pressures from gov't

Former chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner has said the reason behind his 2011 resignation was to avoid pressure from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to make him appoint and retire army officers who were, at the time, suspected of planning to overthrow the government. 

Former Chief of Staff says resigned due to pressures from gov't

Former chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner has said the reason behind his 2011 resignation was to avoid pressure from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to make him appoint and retire army officers who were, at the time, suspected of planning to overthrow the government. 

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