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New appointments prompt seven Turkish generals, admirals to request retirement

22 August 2017

The Turkish government’s latest round of appointments to various command positions in a new decree on 20 August have caused further discontent within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

The Turkish Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed in a statement on 22 August that seven unnamed generals and admirals requested voluntary retirement from the TSK prior to the latest appointments on 20 August.

“Their retirement applications were approved on 18 August,” it said.

The Hürriyet Daily , meanwhile, reported on 22 August that these admirals and generals would be removed from their positions if they did not request voluntary retirement.

The latest appointments to the TSK follow the 2 August meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAS), during which three service commanders were replaced.

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