Turkey Names New Military Leaders

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ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Turkey’s civilian and military leaders named a new slate of commanders to head its armed forces, officials said Thursday.

The new leaders were named following the surprise resignation of the chief of the general staff and three other military leaders last week, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In making the appointments, officials reportedly looked beyond politics by passing over some of the most senior generals in line for promotions, the report said.

Turkey’s new Chief of Staff is Gen. Necdet Ozel. He was previously head of Turkey’s paramilitary police force. Chief of Land Forces will be Gen. Hayri Kivrikoglu. He is in line to succeed Ozel.

Adm. Emin Murat Bligel is the new commander of the Navy; Gen. Mehmet Erten is chief of the Air Forces, and Gen Gekir Kalyoncu replaces Ozel as head of the Gendarmerie, the national police force.

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