The chiefs of staff of Turkey’s powerful military reportedly resigned today in apparent protest of Prime Minsiter Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government arresting dozens of officers, including top brass, for an alleged plot to overthrow the government. The news came as a surprise after meetings this morning between the military and the government. Turkish press reported that, ahead of the meeting, Erdoğan said, “I don’t think there is going to be any tension. The meeting should go off ideally.” The secular military establishment has long-dominated Turkish politics, but has had disagreements with Erdoğan’s Islamic-rooted AK Party.
Report: Turkey’s Military Chiefs Quit In Apparent Protest Of Arrests