Turkey: former Army chief released from prison after court ruling

Turkey: former Army chief released from prison after court ruling

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 8 (UPI) -- Former Turkish army chief of staff Ilker Basbug has been released from prison following a court ruling, officials said.

Israel's spies lag in shadow war with Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Israel's security services claim they've arrested an Iranian spy, allegedly the first planted by the Revolutionary Guards' elite al-Quds Force rather than the Islamic Republic's intelligence service.

Turkish military calls for respect for rule of law following verdicts

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Turkish military called for calm Tuesday following the sentencing of several retired generals to long prison terms.

Tough sentences handed down against Ergenekon coup plotters

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Nearly two dozen people, including military leaders, were sentenced Monday for their roles in an Ergenekon attempt to overthrow the Turkish government.

End near for trial of 275 terror suspects

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 19 (UPI) -- The existence of the Ergenekon criminal network has been proven, a prosecutor has told a panel of Turkish judges in his final opinion in the case.

Ex-general arrested for 1997 Turkish plot

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A former top general has been arrested in an investigation of a coup plot that forced out Turkey's prime minister nearly 16 years ago, officials said.

Turkish general on trial for coup plot

SILIVRI, Turkey, March 28 (UPI) -- A former Turkish military chief accused of plotting to overthrow the government says he will not defend himself against terrorism charges.

Turkish court denies coup case request

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A former Turkish military chief accused of plotting a coup against the government will not be tried by the country's Supreme Court, a prosecutor said.

Ex-Turkish chief of staff charged

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The former head of the Turkish military faces charges of trying to foment a coup against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Biden, Erdogan discuss regional affairs

Biden, Erdogan discuss regional affairs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Turkish leaders agreed with the U.S. government that security and support for the rule of law were mutual interests in the region, the U.S. vice president said.
Ex-army head faces anti-government charge

Ex-army head faces anti-government charge

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A former Turkish army leader was in custody Friday, accused of plotting to destabilize Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, officials said.

Turkey tells PKK to lay down its arms

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Turkish military leaders called on Kurdish guerrillas to lay down their arms in an effort to find a settlement to the so-called Kurdish question.

Turkish general denies coup plot

ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 30 (UPI) -- Top Turkish Gen. Ilker Basbug Wednesday denied the military has plotted a coup d'etat.

Report: Turkey knew lethal attack coming

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Turkish newspaper has published evidence it claims shows military officials knew Kurdish separatist rebels were preparing an attack that killed 17 soldiers.

Franco-Pak-Turk connection

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Why President Bush's French and Turkish visitors to the Oval Office this week are both connected to the Pakistan crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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Mehmet İlker Başbuğ (born 29 April 1943) was till August 2010 the 26th Chief of the General Staff of Turkey. In this post he is succeeded by Işık Koşaner.

General İlker Başbuğ was born in the Afyonkarahisar province in western Turkey. He graduated from the Turkish Military Academy in 1961 as an infantry officer. After graduating from the Infantry School in 1963, he served in different units of the Turkish Army as Platoon and Commando Company Commander until 1970.

Following his graduation from the Army Staff College in 1973, he has served as the deputy chief of General Staff Operations Planning Command, as an instructor at Army Staff College, as Intelligence Division Intelligence Plans Chief at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium, as the Chief of Staff of the Defense Intelligence of the Army Plans and Principles Command, and as the Commander of the 247th Infantry Regiment of the 51st Infantry Brigade.

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