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Destruction Of A Myth: Turkey's Once Esteemed Military Has Sunk To A New Low

Op-Ed: Turkey's once powerful military was respected both within the country, and around the world. But it now has it been -- rightly -- superseded by the civilian government, and recently leaked comments from top brass show an institution rife w

Turkish soldier at the Ataturk mausoleum in Ankara (eddy13)
Turkish soldier at the Ataturk mausoleum in Ankara (eddy13)
Mehmet Ali Birand

ISTANBUL - Historians writing about this era of Turkish history will point to the symbolism of a photograph taken at the recent Higher Military Council meeting. The image shows the country's Prime Minister sitting alone at the head of the table, where traditionally he would be flanked by generals.

Some people say this image reflects the surrender of the Turkish armed forces to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party. This is correct. This is also what needed to happen. The armed forces should be subordinate to civilian authority. A politician elected by the people to lead should sit at the head of that table, and be able to determine overall strategies for the country.

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Macron, Draghi and Scholz assessing the damage near Kyiv

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Anna Akage

Which of today's world leaders provides the full support Ukraine truly needs? Who plays into Putin's hands? Who's caught in the middle, and lacks the courage to choose sides?

With an overdue visit to Kyiv Thursday by three of Europe’s top leaders, Emmanuel Macron of France, Olaf Scholz of Germany and Mario Draghi of Italy, those questions were whispered far from the photo ops. The question of the solidity of its alliances are life-and-death for Kyiv, facing a much stronger military in an existential war against Russia.

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Ukraine has so far received about 10% of the military aid it needs from Western partners to counter Russian aggression, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said Tuesday during a television fundraising drive.

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