Police detain several generals and officers in relation to the alleged Ergenekon plot

Turkish police on February 21-22 detained an additional 17 former generals, 4 active duty admirals and 28 other officers. According to some reports, the detainments may be linked to the Sledgehammer scenario, an alleged coup plan composed in 2003. Such a development would link Sledgehammer and Ergenekon, the supposed ‘deep state’ crime organization. The Chief of the TGS, General Basbug, has cancelled his upcoming visit to Egypt due to the detainments.

Regardless of whether these latest detentions lead to arrests, they cut to the cadre of senior officers closest to the current military leadership. As such, it represents a significant escalation of the Government/Military tensions.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

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