Turkey appoints new army chief amid ISIS operations

Turkish Supreme Military council assigns new Army Chief amid launch of anti-terror operations carried out against ISIS and PKK terrorists

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Supreme Military Council appointed Commander of Turkish Land Forces Hulusi Akar as the new Chief of General Staff on Wednesday, as the country started anti-terror operations against ISIS and PKK terrorists.

The three-day long Supreme Military Council meetings finished on Wednesday with the third meeting convened under the leadership of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved the result of the meetings, before the announcement, as the constitution requires.

Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalin announced that General Abidin Unal was appointed as the Commander of Turkish Air Forces. General Salih Zeki Colak was appointed as the Commander of Turkish Land Forces and General Galip Mendi was appointed as the Gendarmerie General Commander.

Kalin also reported that during the three meetings, promotions, tenure extensions and retirement in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were discussed.

The new Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar has an academic career, he worked as an instructor at Army Staff College and had been the commander of the air force academy for two years and on Wednesday he was assigned as the commander of Turkish military academy.

Additionally, Akar carried out significant duties in Italy and Bosnia.

The routine Turkish Supreme Military Council meetings have taken place during a critical phase this year as Turkish military forces have performed several anti-terror operations both inside of Turkey and cross-border in Iraq and Syria recently.

Turkey has been a target of increasing terror attacks by militant groups such as ISIS and PKK since a suicide bombing, allegedly carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 33 lives on July 20.

PKK and ISIS are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.

The security forces have stepped up efforts against militant groups launching air strikes on several positions used by PKK and ISIS militants in northern Iraq and Syria since July 23.

Turkey also reached a comprehensive agreement with the US which permits its Incirlik NATO base located 100 km (60 miles) from the northwest Syrian border to be used by the US-led coalition military forces for airstrikes against ISIS.

The coalition forces will coordinate the use of the Incirlik base with Turkish Air Force.

TRTWorld and agencies