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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Turks turn on the military ‘pashas’

"Turks turn on the military ‘pashas’

Thomas Seibert, Foreign Correspondent

A power struggle between Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government and its secular military has escalated recently, and public confidence in the army has crumbled. Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo

ISTANBUL // Until recently, most Turks felt nothing but admiration for their country’s military, which they viewed as the most respected institution of the republic. The pashas, as top generals are known, appeared to the populace like fathers of the nation, high above the fray of party politics and dedicated only to the good of the country."

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