Turkey replaces land, air, naval forces commanders: official

ANKARA: Turkey’s top military body on Wednesday replaced the land, air and naval commanders of the military at a critical meeting just over a year after the failed coup bid, Turkish media reported.


The Supreme Military Council (YAS) decided to replace land forces commander General Salih Zeki Colak, naval chief Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu and air force commander General Abidin Unal, CNN Turk broadcaster said.

General Colak will be replaced by General Yasar Guler, currently head of the gendarmerie and former deputy chief of staff, the channel said.

Admiral Bostanoglu would be replaced by Vice Admiral Adnan Ozbal and General Hasan Kucukakyuz would replace General Unal as air force commander, CNN Turk added.

The decisions made during the YAS meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, will be presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for formal approval.

The council usually meets only once a year but this is the third meeting since the July 15, 2016 coup bid blamed on the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. He denies the charges.

The government upped the civilian component of the council following the failed coup, giving more place to government ministers than military figures.