Following its days-long silence regarding an assassination plot to kill Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç allegedly devised by military officers, the General Staff broke its silence on Wednesday and responded to criticism.
An assassination plot against deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç that was exposed over the weekend has shocked Ankara. Gendarmerie and police teams launched an operation to capture the suspects after they received information that two military officers — Maj. İbrahim G. and Col. Erkan Yılmaz B. — were planning to assassinate the deputy prime minister.
Turkish deputy PM airs doubts over assassination plot
Some reports have linked the detained officers to a shadowy ultra-nationalist group called Ergenekon, whose alleged members are on trial for attempting to
Turkish Military Breaks Silence Over New Plot Story
New York Times
Some reports linked them to suspects named in an investigation into an alleged ultra-nationalist network, known as Ergenekon. Police say they uncovered the
It appears that in each of the suicides by military officers, the person who committed suicide was somehow connected to political and illegal incidents that the military was mixed up in, or at least connected to organizations and tension within the military.
Two members of the Special Forces Command were detained on Saturday night on suspicion of planning to kill Arınç. Gendarmerie and police teams launched an operation to capture the suspects after they received information that two military officers — Maj. İbrahim G. and Col. Erkan Yılmaz B. — were planning to assassinate the deputy prime minister.
Madness is prevailing in the deep state in Turkey. While the public expects common sense and constructive action from civilian and military bureaucrats and opposition parties, the discourse and action of these groups contradict civic and legal norms, traditions and the Constitution.
That discovery came as part of the investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine organization whose suspected members are currently standing trial on charges
Intellectuals continue to criticize army chief over harsh comments
… in the military and the TSK’s wrongdoings resulting from the involvement of some of its members in Ergenekon — a clandestine crime network with alleged
Reuters South Africa
Some 200 people, including military officers, politicians, journalists and academics, are on trial in connection with the so-called Ergenekon plot
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] On May 1, 1920, Mustafa Kemal, who would soon be the founder of the Turkish Republic, delivered an important speech at the Parliament in Ankara. “The people who have formed this supreme assembly are not just Turks,” he said. “They are also Circassians, Kurds or Laz. They are all different components of Islam. They all respect each other, and each other’s ethnic, social and geographic rights.” That was the time of Turkey’s War of Liberation (1919-1922). As the leader of this national struggle to save the homeland from European invaders, Mustafa Kemal used rhetoric that would appeal to all “components of Islam” in Asia Minor. (The non-Muslim component, the Armenians, was tragically expelled in 1915.)