"'Islamist conspiracy' fear in Turkey
By Paul Henley
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents
Turkey has long been valued by the West as a secular Muslim ally but now one former military officer tells the BBC that secularism is under threat.
General Haldun Solmaztuerk, former
General Solmaztuerk talks of Islamist groups infiltrating the army
Haldun Solmaztuerk is a former brigadier general in the Turkish army.
He has seen active service in the direst days of guerrilla war in the Kurdish south-east, as well in Somalia and in Bosnia.
As he watches an elderly woman inch her way up a marble staircase on an extremely hot day in Ankara, he is moved to tears."
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