"Security hawk seen taking over Turkish military
31 Jul 2006 08:51:37 GMT
By Gareth Jones
ANKARA, July 31 (Reuters) - Turkey is widely expected this week to confirm General Yasar Buyukanit, a blunt-speaking hawk, as head of its powerful military, increasing the chances of a heavier crackdown on Kurdish separatist rebels.
He would replace General Hilmi Ozkok, who has helped keep the armed forces quiescent during a period of sensitive liberal reforms, including curbs on the military, that are aimed at preparing Turkey for European Union membership."
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