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Briefing on the Turkish Armed Forces after the failed coup

Briefing on the Turkish Armed Forces after the failed coup

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20th July 2017

The Turkish Armed Forces is at a defining moment in its history; facing both fundamental changes and an unprecedented number of operations one year on from last July’s failed coup.

  • Thousands of personnel have been discharged from the military and significant changes have been made to Turkeys’ security structure
  • The measures have come at the cost of military capacity at a time when the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are engaged in several complex operations both at home and abroad
  • The reforms will shape the future of the TSK as it seeks to rebuild its domestic and international reputation.

On July 15 2016, elements of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) operating outside of the official chain of command attempted to take control of the country. Strategic infrastructure was seized, tanks deployed on the streets, and Special Forces sent to capture President Erdoğan.

In the aftermath of last year’s failed coup, significant changes are taking place within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as the government seeks to assert its control over a once powerfully independent military. Under the on-going state of emergency, 7655 people have been discharged from the military, with 150 generals and…

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