Infighting? Turkey’s General Staff Concerned with Erdogan’s Syria Policies



… from Sputnik News,  Moscow

[ Editor’s Note:  The worm continues to turn on both Syria and Turkey. As the red line of a wider war gets closer, people who would not normally speak out sometimes do. Often they come from retired past leadership ranks and are not restricted by being in a military command structure with its tight rules.

But in Turkey, speaking out on political and military matters is a risky business, as we have many examples of the Erdogan gang using the prosecution power of the state to silence critics. The General chose his words carefully below, sharing his concerns about what could happen in the current tensions if a major miscalculation is made.

He uses a strong closing line in his interview, “I think that if Turkey still dares to take this step and invade the territory of Syria, the consequences will be irreversible.” This is a man sending a clear message that the testosterone needs to be turned down and cooler heads prevail.

We have already seen Erdogan jump the gun by instantly blaming the Syrian Kurdish YPG for the big military target bombing in Ankara, and the bomber has turned out not to be Syrian at all. Erdo was exposed as a loose cannon again. Turkey is badly in need of a coup to restore democracy and law to the country to a non military new government before the Erdogan gangsters lead it to ruinJim W. Dean ]


– First published  …  February 24, 2016

Ismail Hakki Pekin

The former head of the General Staff of the Turkish Intelligence Agency told Sputnik that the Armed Forces have been growing discontent with the Syrian policy of the Turkish leadership.

Ankara’s policy towards Syria, in particularly, the statements by the Turkish leadership, indicating the intention to conduct a ground operation in Syria, directly affects the Turkish Armed Forces.

The former head of the Intelligence Department of the General Staff of Turkey, Ismail Hakki Pekin, spoke to Sputnik in an exclusive interview saying that he was sure that the Turkish Armed Forces in Syria do not have those aspirations that guide Ankara.

“Naturally, they are obliged to follow orders. But I can say with confidence that the Turkish Armed Forces have never supported the idea of a military operation against a neighboring state.”

Pekin further said that there is considerable opposition in the Turkish ranks towards the current situation.

“There is an understanding that the overthrow of Assad, in fact, will not solve the problem. On the contrary, this step can cause more serious long-term instability in the region. In fact, it is in the interests of Turkey that Damascus strengthens its positions and establishes effective control and security at the border.”

According to the former head, stability in the region would help Turkey provide its own security. “For many it is clear that instead of getting involved in a useless, very expensive and protracted war it makes more sense and is much more profitable to strengthen the Syrian regime and move military operations away from Turkish borders.”

The former head of the Office of Intelligence stressed that Turkey’s invasion of Afrin or Azaz can have very dangerous consequences.

“The slightest move into Syria’s inland threatens us with a clash with Russia. Even a small-scale ground operation will lead Turkey into a deadlock. Meanwhile, there are signs that preparations for such an operation are being carried out.

Pekin said that the security measures inside the country are rising, and there are new methods being introduced in order to respond to external threats.

“I think that if Turkey still dares to take this step and invade the territory of Syria, the consequences will be irreversible,” the head concluded.


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  1. the AKP has always undermined the generals if Erdogan and his gulf allies are really committed to a new Sunni caliphate the the Russians are a perfect stone to break the domestic threat of the armed forces over. A tremendous gamble but I am afraid they have gone too far to turn back now. We need to find some way to bring this madman to the negotiating table.

    • Are the Kurds a nation? Seems a toss up.
      Is turkey willing to exterminate it’s 120,000 powerful Christians? Neither the Pope nor the Patriarch are willing to give up on Constantinople.
      One thing I am convinced of, Erdogan is without a compass, lost in a sea of hubris.
      I am relived to see Kerry working with the Russians. I feel still despite all the rhetoric (death to [email protected]#@ica) the Iranians are our natural allies in the region.

  2. “Turkey is badly in need of a coup to restore democracy and law to the country…”

    A crazy world where that is true (and for quite a few other alleged democratic countries too); but (to steal a phrase) you just can’t make stuff like that up.

  3. For many years, since Kemal Ataturk, has been under army management, so its difficult to believe that Erdogan presidency has not followed the same unwritten law. Since 2011, with planning on the works before.
    Its hard to accept the fact that after 5 years sustaining ISIS, the Turkish military didn´t size the consequences of indirect aggression of Russia´s ally in the Med, also, with a military base present in Syria since the US considered Assad a legitimate Syrian president and UN recognized it as a free and independent nation.
    Perhaps Turkey military thought that NATO will give full support to anything Erdogan saw fit and backed
    the adventurous path without seeing viable Russia going into a nuclear deterrent.
    Considering historical roots, Turkey has been a long time Israel ally till today, to the point of IDF updating Turkish armed forces to the state of the art. As we know, whatever the Jewish State wants the US provides for so, the logical chain-of-command, whatever Israel decides the Pentagon follows suit and so, in the end, Turks comply. So, logics explain that Turks military are behind Erdogan, whatever they may unofficially declare when retired. Just a miscalculated step, may be the only thing Turk military needs to get rid of Erdogan and regain full military power on Turkish politics but, so far there is no divorce, Turkish military and Erdogan share the same masonic bed.

  4. The general was referring to Turkish soldiers but Erdogan doesn`t care about them at all. Erdogan`s actions give me the impression that he is a globalist paid stooge and only cares about the benefits HE may gain by being just that – a paid globalist stooge. In reality all major governments fight Assad are full of this type of scum.

  5. IMHO they have been playing along far too long now to start “crying for help” or “playing victim”.
    their “pet terrorists” are turning on them too now, OH WELL!

  6. “Naturally, they are obliged to follow orders.” …NO THEY ARE NOT… military purpose is to protect and defend from foreign invaders, Global Organized Crime, exactly what SYRIA is doing with the help of good friends come to her aid…. whole nations militaries are being commandeered by criminals and used in waging wars for the unseen few that profit from every drop of blood and shred of human suffering and the chaos that fills the mind with all lying rubbish in order to achieve their goals …the Turkish military are not told the truth or they would not pick up a weapon …….are they “obilged” to lies? ….. look into the childrens eyes, our future lives through them and all decide what is worth fighting for because none of it has been about them….. Turkish military just STOP ….. Let the two journalists free to bring forward charges against the lunatics commandeering the Turkish Military of collusion with “ISIS”

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