Feb 24 2018

Turkey's "military mobilisation" site crashed after Erdoğan comment

The Turkish government's website crashed following comments made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a speech in Kahramanmaraş on Saturday when he urged Turkish citizens with active "mobilisation orders" to be prepared.

Erdoğan said, "Those who have active mobilisation orders, be ready," adding "not that we need (to mobilise extra forces) right now." Following Erdoğan's statement, unable to handle the load of Turkish citizens trying to see whether they had active "mobilisation orders," the government website crashed. 

Turkish men who completed their military service are placed under a mobilisation order system to be recruited again if the situation requires. The Ministry of Defense regularly informs the citizens on which capacity they will serve the Turkish military in the case of a war. Those with active mobilisation orders are required to report to their pre-determined stations when the government declares mobilisation for war.

Meanwhile, pro-Kurdish HDP Party's leading MP Ertuğrul Kürkçü stated in a tweet that issuing a "'military mobilization order' is not a promise of victory but this means that the current troops are not enough and there could be a loss in the horizon."