5 Turkish generals resign, says report

President Tayyip Erdogan chairs the supreme military council, which will discuss matters relating to the resignations of five generals from the Turkish military. (AFP pic)

ISTANBUL: Five generals from the Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday.

The supreme military council (YAS), chaired by president Tayyip Erdogan, convened to discuss promotions, dismissals and placements of the high-ranking military personnel on Aug 1.

The resignations by one major general and four brigadier generals were submitted as a reaction to council decisions which were described by retired military officers as an attempt to make the Turkish army smaller, the unsourced Cumhuriyet report said.

There was no immediate comment from Turkey’s defence ministry.

Two of the generals were known to be the army officers responsible for Syria’s Idlib region where Turkey has a military presence, Cumhuriyet said.