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Transformation pains

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The Supreme Military Council, if it can still be called so after all the changes made in its structure, convened and ended within four hours with a decision to reshuffle almost the entire command of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Excluding the Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, the entire command structure was changed despite all the expectations that the tenure of at least two of the retiring force commanders would be extended by one more year.

The Chief of General Staff and two of the three force commanders were captured by the putschist soldiers while the other escaped by unintentionally changing his program on the night of July 15, escaping from being taken hostage as well.

The Chief of General Staff and the three commanders were so successful in gathering intelligence and taking measures against putschist designs within the ranks of the forces they have been commanding that after the July 15 coup they were not sacked and are now expected to remain in office in line with the Turkish saying “one should not change the horse while passing........

© Hürriyet Daily News