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Turkey: Ankara’s ISIL Strategy: Impact of the Military Purges

Ankara has officially downplayed the extent of the purges that followed the failed coup on 15 July, claiming that only 1.5% of the military has been dismissed. Yet these figures require perspective: when assessed by rank, dishonorable charges at the brigadier general and rear admiral ranks is almost 50%, and 37% at the colonel level. These ranks made up the bulk of the coordination and planning for the coup. In addition, the removal of almost every single force, army, regiment and base commander from duty in the predominantly Kurdish provinces has inevitably created a significant security deficit.


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