Turkey's Military Fears Govt. Crackdown
ANKARA [MENL] -- Turkey's military has been concerned of a crackdown on
secular critics by the Islamic government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Turkish sources said Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and his aides were
dismayed over the arrest of scores of former senior officers, including
generals, on charges that they had sought to overthrow the Erdogan
government. They said Basbug was concerned that this marked an effort by
Erdogan to marginalize the secular military.
"The commander of the Turkish Armed Forces has submitted his opinions
and assessments, especially on yesterday's developments, in his meetings
with Mr. prime minister and Mr. president," the army said in a statement.