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The 6 commando brigades assigned in the southeast of Turkey will completely be comprised of professional troops in two years. Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug announced the decision at a news conference held in Egirdir by Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. Gen. Basbug said, "starting as of May 2008, reserve officials will not be assigned at these 6 commando brigades." According to Gen. Basbug, the reserve officials will only be charged in brigades related with domestic matters.
In documents of the CIA, on which the secrecy decision was removed, there is a wide Turkey section. The report that was given to former U.S. President Bush 17 years ago underscored that political Islam escalated in Turkey. In the report, it was also emphasized that secular segments of the society felt uneasy over the conservative stance of late President Turgut Ozal.
General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said at a news conference that any terrorist organization could not survive without support from other countries. "Cutting such foreign support is a political matter. It is not the duty of the military," he said. Gen. Buyukanit indicated that the fight against terrorism could not be reduced to only armed struggle. "This fight has its sociological, economic and psychological aspects," he said and called on the government to prepare a comprehensive Counter-Terrorism Action Plan.
Temperatures reached over 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Turkey. Istanbul lived the hottest day of last 78 years. Record-level heat wave claimed five lives in the cities of Burdur, Sinop, Antalya and Sirnak.
Istanbul residents witnessed a record temperature on Wednesday. Yesterday was the hottest day recorded in Istanbul since 1929 with a temperature of 43.1 Celsius degrees. Temperatures all across Turkey are expected to drop as of Thursday.
Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul indicated that they "can not accept what took place during the recent presidential election. We are not making any comments for the best interest of Turkey. Just as a mother is very sensitive in taking care of her baby, so are we in protecting the best interest of Turkey."
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government had never made any discrimination among people in Turkey. "Our primary target is that everyone should live in a civilized country. My nation's well-being and prosperity are my biggest happiness," he said.
General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit held an unexpected news conference together with Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug. During the meeting, the top military officials said that reserve officers, sergeants and privates would not be assigned at commando units as of May 2008. Professional soldiers will be responsible for the fight against terrorism.
Eight members of the terrorist organization PKK were killed in a clash with Turkish security forces in rural area in the southeastern city of Sirnak.
The Constitutional Court explained the legal grounds for its decision on "the quorum of 367" which jammed the recent presidential election process in Turkey. However, the interesting assessments in the court's reasoned verdict paved the way for a new discussion. After its interpretation on the "quorum" issue, the court has now brought up a new condition on "compromise" which is not mentioned in any of the articles of the Constitution.
High temperatures which have been affecting Turkey since last weekend, reached the peak point yesterday. While the temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius in many places in the country, it rose up to 50 degrees Celsius in Mediterranean cities of Antalya and Adana, coastal towns of Alanya, Bodrum and Fethiye, Aegean city of Aydin and the southeastern region of Turkey.
Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said the government talked with the General Staff on fight against terrorism, indicating that "all options are on the table." Calling on the authority vacuum in north of Iraq to be filled by the United States and Iraq, Gul said, "if they can not, all the options that will ensure this are on the table." Gul said political directives would be taken together with all the organs of the state, "I can not say there will not be operation till the election."
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyutanit said, "we can not say we enter north of Iraq and eradicate PKK, but we put a heavy blow." "Operation has a political goal. If there is the possibility of an attack from the Kurdish groups, Turkish Armed Forces will form a force accordingly. Among our allies there are countries that back PKK," Gen. Buyukanit said.
Opponents of Mehmet Agar established a party with the name of True Path Party (DYP) after DYP became Democrat Party (DP). The opponents, who are waiting for the results of the elections on July 22nd, are getting prepared to ask Tansu Ciller to became the chairperson of DYP.
General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug held a news conference at the Commando Training Center in Egirdir and said that the Turkish Armed Forces would leave its mission of fight against terrorism to professional soldiers. "We will make six commando brigades totally professional. Reserve officers, sergeants and privates will not be assigned at these commando brigades as of May 2008. These brigades will be formed only by senior sergeants. We made such a decision to provide continuity in our domestic security operation," Gen. Basbug said.
The U.S. military said that coalition forces killed two Turkish members of al-Qaida in north of Iraq. They were identified as Mehmet Yilmaz and Mehmet Resit Isik. "These are two very dangerous, very significant international terrorists that are no longer part of the al-Qaida network," said the military spokesman.
Temperatures reached 40.2 degrees Celsius in Istanbul, the highest in last 78 years, and 56 degrees Celsius in the southeastern city of Sirnak. Record-level heat wave claimed five lives throughout Turkey.
Turkish Armed Forces is getting prepared to take the biggest step towards professionalisation in the fight against terrorism. Turkish army will not assign reserve officers at its commando brigades starting from 2008, besides, sergeants and privates will not be assigned in such brigades as of 2009. The commando brigades will only comprise of officers, reserve officers and senior sergeants. On the other hand, a Special Forces Command will be established, formed of solely professionals.
Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) reacted harshly against France which tried to block Turkey's EU membership process. "As long as Turkey carries on with reforms, France will not be able to block Turkey's full membership process," a written statement from TUSIAD underscored.
Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug announced that six commando brigades are set to operate on professional basis. Reserve officers, sergeants and privates will not be assigned at these commando brigades as of May 2008. These brigades will be formed only by senior sergeants. Commandos will have a 155-day training and will have to pass a 67-phase field test.
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit underlined once again a necessity to stage a cross border operation into north of Iraq. "You can't say that we could totally eradicate the PKK if we enter into north of Iraq but such a move will be a serious blow on the terrorist organization," Gen. Buyukanit told reporters at a press meeting. Buyukanit also said that the United States did not extend sufficient support to Turkey's fight against the terrorist organization PKK. "Obviously, we have various requests and demands from the USA. There should be no double standards in the fight against terrorism," Buyukanit added.
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