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Jailed Turkish general stays fit for court battle

By Can Sezer and Ece Toksabay / Reuters ISTANBUL: General Ilker Basbug, the former head of Turkey’s armed forces, said military discipline has helped him adapt to prison life, but he still cannot accept the idea that he stands accused of being the leader of a terrorist group. Responding to questions relayed through his lawyer, the …

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Turkey appoints new armed forces chiefs

ANKARA: Turkey selected four new generals to lead its armed forces on Thursday in a shake-up which is seen as consolidating civilian control of the military after four top generals quit last week in protest at the jailing of officers in coup conspiracy cases. General Necdet Ozel, previously head of the paramilitary gendarmerie, was named …

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Turkish PM, army meet to appoint new high command

ANKARA: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan met Turkey’s military top brass on Monday to choose a new high command after the most senior generals in NATO’s second-biggest armed forces quit in protest over arrests of officers linked to alleged coup plots. Long-running strains between the secularist military and Islamist-rooted government boiled over on Friday when Chief …

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