Why is Gen. Başbuğ so angry?

Posted by on October 15th, 2008
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 update: a military court decision: stop reporting on the issue as of 15 Oct evening…
Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug speaks to the media ...

Turkey’s Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug speaks to the media during a military ceremony in the western Turkish city of Balikesir, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008. Gen. Basbug said that ‘those who praise the actions of the separatist terrorists organization are responsible for the blood that has been shed and will be shed.’

(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

 Turkish army harshly criticizes recent media stories on PKK attacks
Hürriyet, Turkey – 7 hours ago
Ilker Basbug told at a televised press conference held in the western province of Balikesir . He said the military has filed legal action against those who
Chief of staff’s strong words spark media outcry Today’s Zaman
Chief Of Staff Attacks The Media Biamag
Turkey’s top general angry over neglect reports on PKK attack www.worldbulletin.net

 

Taraf daily is doing it again. Since yesterday the paper released several documents that claim that army intelligence had known PKK’s Aktütün ambush in which 17 soldiers were killed. 

 

According to mainstream press such as Hürriyet and Milliyet, 

Gen. Başbuğ is angry because some documents are leaked and because he perceives that the news celebrated the PKK victory.

The latter is totally wrong. It demonstrates that intelligence works just fine. PKK ambush could easily be detected. If some army officials had worked fine like the intelligence itself, this ambush could not have happened.

The angry tone overshadows the fact that there might be a sort of misdeed on behalf of some army officials. A very grave misdeed in fact…

The claims are not really refuted, but claimants are threatened… 

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