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Turkey: Military High Command Reasserts its Authority: Aksakalli Reassigned

A 22 August press release by Turkey’s Ministry of Defense stated that seven high-ranking generals and admirals had resigned, generating considerable controversy. Despite successive purges and forced resignations since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, these resignations demonstrated that grievances within the military command still lingered on and could no longer be contained. Furthermore, and perhaps more traumatic, Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli was among those who resigned.


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