Temporary peace at the top of the State
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (C), Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug (R) meet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara February 25, 2010. Turkey’s political and military leaders meet on Thursday as a storm gathers over a coup plot investigation against the armed forces which is threatening stability and investor confidence in the EU-candidate country. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout
Turkey?s Leaders Seek to Defuse Crisis
Turkish leaders meet as coup plot storm gathers – washingtonpost.com
BBC News – Turkey’s religious-secular divide
Release of Turkey generals eases tensions for now – washingtonpost.com
BÜLENT KENEŞ – What does the Gül-Erdoğan-Başbuğ meeting imply?
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was spurred into action upon the detention of about 50 retired and active duty generals, admirals and military officers of various ranks under the scope of the probe into the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) action plan, which is accepted as being preparatory work for overthrowing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), and the TSK?s commanding generals quickly produced actions and statements that clearly signify pressure on the judiciary.
Turkey Unsettled by Officer Arrests
Turkey’s coup plotters
Lies and whispers
More arrests stoke the battle between the army and the government
Feb 25th 2010 | ISTANBUL | From The Economist print edition
FOR decades Turkey?s meddlesome generals inspired fear and respect. These days they rouse pity and even scorn, as scores of retired and serving officers are arrested and jailed for alleged plots to overthrow the Justice and Development (AK) party, which has ruled the country since 2002.”
Over the following months, these two cases were tied by state prosecutors into a much larger conspiracy they called Ergenekon
EMRE USLU – Would military generals resign from their posts?
ANDREW FINKEL – A Sledgehammer to crack a nut
For a public prosecutor to haul in not one rogue general but an entire officers? mess for questioning is more than man-bites-dog.