ANKARA — The Turkish military continues to prepare for a campaign against Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq.
The Army has halted leave and retirement of officers while making plans
to expand a counter-insurgency campaign against the Kurdish Workers Party
along the border with Iraq.
The decree, issued in late June, has affected more than 10,000 military
personnel scheduled to retire starting in July.
The military said all retirement and resignations would be delayed until
January 2008, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said the decree would facilitate additional
deployment for security operations throughout southeast Turkey.
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The Turkish military has also decided to close summer camps in mid-July
to enable soldiers to vote in national elections scheduled for July 22.
Officials said the military expects a surge in PKK violence during the
In August, the Supreme Military Council was scheduled to meet to decide
on promotions in all of the services. The council was also expected to purge
suspected Islamist officers.