A 250,000 square-meter parcel of protected land in Ankara's Atatürk Forest Farm has been rented to the Ministry of National Defense after its status was converted to be suitable for military use. Established in 1925, the surface of the Atatürk Forest Farm has shrunk by 40 percent between then and 2015.
One soldier killed, two wounded after coming under fire from across Iranian border in Turkey’s southeast
One Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded in southeast Turkey as they came under fire from the Iranian side of the border, Turkey's Defense Ministry said on June 24. The name of the soldier was revealed as 23-year-old Recep Durak. His family in the eastern province of Elazığ was notified of his death on June 24.
The Turkish government's spending on security and defense exceeded 2 billion Turkish Liras in the first five months of 2020. The country spent 751 million liras for security and defense in May, 99 million in January, 281 million in February, 564 million in March and 351 million in April, totaling some 2,048,000,000 liras.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that young men getting drafted for military service would receive COVID-19 tests. The minister added that depending on their test results, 182,000 young men would become eligible for deployment.
The Turkish army has dismissed 4,562 personnel and stripped 531 retired soldiers of their ranks since the country's two-year emergency rule came to an end in 2018, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
Turkish army on duty with selfless personnel, defense minister says in apparent reference to resigned admiral
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continues its duties with "selfless personnel," in an apparent reference to the resignation of Chief of Staff of the Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı. "The army is on duty in line with our President's orders. No one should doubt that," Akar said.
Turkey's Defense Ministry has joined the production line as a ventilator maker to meet the demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. The ministry eyes to produce 500 ventilators every week, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on April 17.
Turkish military has postponed conscription of soldiers originally scheduled to start their compulsory military service in April. The new measure means that existing soldiers will have their deployments extended by one month, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has announced.
Turkey’s military clubhouses and residences will host health workers free of charge during the COVID-19 outbreak following Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s April 7 orders.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded after a mortar attack by PKK militants in northern Iraq's Haftanin region on March 25, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Shortly after, the ministry said in a separate statement that Turkish warplanes had hit four targets in the region, killing eight PKK militants.