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Three Turkish soldiers dead, six injured in clash with PKK, blast

Three Turkish soldiers were killed while six others injured in clashes with terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a land mine blast in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari bordering Iraq. Hakkari Governor Muammer Türker told the state-run Anatolia news agency that one Turkish soldier was killed in clashes with the PKK members in […]

Commanders to remain in Southeast until anti-PKK offensive completed

Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel (front) and the force commanders seen during a military ceremony. (Photo: AA)

Turkey’s chief of General Staff and force commanders who rushed to the country’s southeast after the killing of 24 soldiers last Wednesday in a series of attacks by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to oversee the ensuing anti-PKK offensive will not return to Ankara until the offensive is successfully completed. Chief of General Staff […]

Tears, grief as Turkey bids farewell to slain sons

A large group of people gathered in front of the house of Pvt. Mesut Kazanç (a Hakkari martyr) on Friday.

Funeral ceremonies were held on Thursday and Friday in the hometowns of the soldiers who were martyred in simultaneous Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks in Hakkari on Wednesday. There was grief, anger and tears at all the funeral ceremonies held across various provinces across Turkey. Third Lt. Bilal Özcan and Pvt. Eyüp Çolakoğlu, two of […]

Military denies allegations of soldier abuse, alleges slander

Uğur Kantar,

The General Staff on Tuesday issued an angry statement denying the truth of allegations that Pvt. Uğur Kantar, who died allegedly as a result of torture while being held in a military disciplinary facility, was subject to any physical abuse, accusing those making the allegations of attempting to turn the people against the armed forces. […]

Dirik: I am a scapegoat for someone else’s negligence

A lieutenant colonel who was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of causing the death of a senior lieutenant and has been accused by the public of failing to prevent the deaths of 12 soldiers in a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist attack on a military outpost in Dağlıca, Hakkari province, says there […]

‘Tortured’ private laid to rest

Private Kantar was allegedly tortured to death for failing to show up on time for the daily rally. DHA photo

The body of a soldier allegedly tortured to death in a disciplinary ward for failing to show up on time for the daily section rally while performing his military service in Turkish Cyprus was laid to rest yesterday in Istanbul. “They killed my son through torture but have yet to issue a single apology,” said […]

Turkey’s T-129 attack helicopter prototype P6 maiden flight completes successfully

The first flight, conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) test pilots, of the T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı, Ankara, the company said today   The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) […]

Turkey fined for military penalty

The European Court of Human Rights has sentenced Turkey to a fine of 9,000 euros because a private, identified only by his initials E.P., was jailed for seven days in 2007 on grounds that he left the garrison without permission. The court ruled that limiting freedoms can only be decided by an authorized judicial body […]

Turkish armored vehicle exports soar

Turkish exports of armored vehicles are expanding, including purchases by the United States for the first time. A senior Turkish military procurement official involved with supporting Turkish arms exports, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Hurriyet that Turkish armored vehicle manufacturers are expanding beyond their traditional Middle Eastern markets. “We are happy to see these […]

Tough bargaining expected on NATO base reform

Turkey says it expects NATO to pick the Turkish western city of Izmir for its future land forces’ command, but diplomats expect tough bargaining this week by states that could lose bases in a headquarters reform. “NATO’s Land Component Command, the ground forces command, is coming to Izmir,” Turkey’s state-run Anatolian news agency quoted Turkish […]



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