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Critical meeting will determine fate of Turkish forces post-coup

Recognizing the urgent need for military changes following the coup attempt, Turkey's leaders have moved up the date of their Supreme Military Council meeting to this week.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) chairs the annual meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) as he is flanked by Ground Forces Commander and acting Chief of Staff General Necdet Ozel (5th L), Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz (4th R) and the other top army officers in Ankara August 1, 2011. Erdogan chaired a meeting of the military top brass on Monday, looking to restore order in NATO's second-biggest army after its top four generals quit in protest at the jailing of hundreds of officers. The long

The Turkish government has detained so many military personnel since the July 15 coup attempt that it has moved up a Supreme Military Council (SMC) meeting to determine what to do next and what reforms are needed in the Turkish military (TSK).

The massive number of detained military personnel continues to rise. According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as of the evening of July 23, 8,838 military personnel had been detained. Of those, 163 are generals and admirals — about 40% of the TSK total in those ranks. Another 2,339 are officers, 6% of the TSK total. Of those who were brought before a judge, 123 generals and admirals and 1,009 officers were arrested and sent to prison.

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