Turkish Armed Forces
Turkish Defense Minister ?smet Y?lmaz?s remarks about the results of the Sledgehammer and Ergenekon cases marked a turning point for the Turkish Armed Forces.
The Turkish General Staff announced it has begun using the first domestically made Turkish attack helicopters in a counter-terrorism operation for the very first time.
Two ATAK helicopters flew on April 25 to the southeastern province of Siirt to join the 3rd Commando Brigade, the General Staff said in an announcement posted on its official webpage on May 4.
Saying it had been tasked by a civilian authority and its primary motive was not to conduct any military operation, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has denied accusations about its conduct in an incident that resulted in a deadly clash with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) in the eastern province of A?r?.