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Turkey appoints new military commanders

08-04-2011 19:08 BJT

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Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, has approved the appointment of new chiefs for the country's ground forces, navy and air force, after the resignation of the top brass in a dispute with the government last week.

General Necdet Ozel, previously head of the paramilitary Gendarmerie, fills the top spot as Chief of the General Staff of the second largest armed forces in NATO. Ozel's predecessor Isik Kosaner stepped down last Friday along with the chiefs of the navy, army and air force, frustrated over the arrests and prosecution of hundreds of officers for allegedly attempting to overthrow Erdogan's government.

In this photo provided by the Prime Ministry Press Service, Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, center, new Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, 5th from left,
new Land Force Commander Gen. Hayri Kivrikoglu, third from right, new Commander of Military Police Gen. Bekir Kalyoncu, second left, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz,
third left, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, 5th from right, Interior Minister
Idris Naim Sahin, fourth from right, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, fourth from
left, and other officials are seen during a security meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.(AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Prime Ministry Press Service, HO)

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