Turkey’s Top Military Group Replaces Military Leaders

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02 August, 2017

Turkey's top military group has decided to replace the leaders of the army, air force, and navy.

Local media reported the decision to change heads of the military branches

after their terms expired. The moves are the most recent changes to the armed forces after the failed attempt by the military to oust Turkey's government in July 2016.

Other top members of the military will replace the heads of the three branches. Broadcaster NTV reported on the changes following a meeting of the Supreme Military Council. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is the chair of the council.

Military officials were not available for comment. However, the changes are expected to be presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for approval.

According to NTV reports, Yasar Guler, the commander of the gendarmerie forces, will replace Salih Zeki Colak, the commander of the Turkish Land Forces.

Adnan Ozbal, a vice-admiral, will replace Naval commander Bulent Bostanoglu

Hasan Kucukakyuz, commander of the Turkish Warfare Air Force, will replace Air Force commander Abidin Unal.

Wednesday's meeting was the third time Turkey's top military council gathered since the failed coup attempt last year.

Last year, the council cut the length of some officers' service. It also put 586 colonels into retirement and extended the service of another 434 colonels by two years.

I'm John Russell.

Reuters reported on this story. John Russell adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.

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Words in This Story

replace – v. to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)

broadcaster – n. an organization that sends out radio or television programs

gendarmerie – n. a group of gendarmes – general law enforcement officers, (also : a police officer in a country where French is spoken)

colonel – n. an officer of high rank in the army, air force, or marines : a military officer who ranks above a major

coup – n. a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence

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