Five Turkish generals resign following recent military reshuffle

Five generals who were assigned to new posts following a reshuffling of senior positions within the Turkish military earlier this week, have submitted their resignations from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

Among those who have resigned is the commander of the TSK division for Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, Major General Ahmet Ercan Çorbacı, independent news site T24 said. 

Çobancı is one of the 127 generals and admirals assigned to new posts after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed off on a decree following decisions made at the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting last week.

Lieutenant Generals Recep Özdemir, Ömer Faruk Özdemir, Uğur Bülend Acarbay and Ertuğrul Sağlam are the other four who have submitted their resignations, T24 said.

The resignations were brought on by the frustration felt in the Turkish Armed Forces regarding faulty policies in neighbouring Syria, according to retired rear admiral Türker Ertürk. 

“It is not in our country’s advantage to work against the central government in Syria and carry the load of an imperialist proxy war. In foreign policy you sometimes engage in acts that are immoral, but still to your advantage,’’ Ertürk told left-wing newspaper Birgün. “We are now doing immoral things in Syria, but they are not the advantage of our country.

Ertük went on to say that Ankara was acting only in the interest of the ruling AKP.

Turkey backs some of the rebels in northwest Syria and has deployed forces into the Idlib region under deals with Russia, the most powerful ally of the Syrian regime.

The military reshuffling earlier this month saw that lieutenant generals were appointed as the head of the military’s second and third army commands instead of full generals in addition to the complete absence of lieutenant generals promoted to general and the retirement of generals who have yet to complete their years in service.