Turkish military expels officers

Turkey's secular military expelled 10 officers for being "reactionary" — a euphemism for Islamist activities — along with 13 others accused of lack of discipline, an official said Sunday.

Turkish military expels officers
Turkey's secular military expelled 10 officers for being "reactionary" — a euphemism for Islamist activities — along with 13 others accused of lack of discipline, an official said Sunday.

The military, a strong supporter of Turkey's secular standing, ousted the 10 officers for "reactionary activities," the military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.

The phrase "reactionary activities," usually refers to alleged ties to religious groups.

It was the first time the Higher Military Council disclosed the number of those expelled on that specific allegation. In the past, it only released the total number of dismissed officers and gave no other details, the Milliyet newspaper said.

The Zaman newspaper reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul signed the council decision, but that they disagreed with it.

The military dismissed 13 other officers because of behavior disrupting discipline which harms the military's prestige, newspapers reported.

The military has expelled hundreds of officers for alleged ties to leftist or Islamist groups since 1996.

AP
Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2007, 01:44
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