Turkish Defense Ministry
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has told his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar that they are concerned about reports that Syrian rebels are sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight. “Reports on militants from terrorist organizations from the Middle East being transferred to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are especially concerning for the Russian Defense Ministry,” Moscow said, adding that the concern was conveyed to Akar.
Turkey wants to resolve its dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean through dialogue, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Aug. 12, while vowing to defend Turkey's coastal interests. "We want to reach political solutions through peaceful means in line with international laws," Akar said.
A Turkish army strike on PJAK militants in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in late June 2020 failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on July 22. “The Turkish military strike on opposition fighters in a resort area seriously injured several civilians and could have harmed many more,” said Belkıs Wille, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch.
Warplanes struck overnight at an airbase that was recently recaptured by Libya's internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said. A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.
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 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.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that there are 156 soldiers who tested positive for the coronavirus, adding that the Turkish Armed Forces is among the most successful armies in the world in terms of the number of cases. Akar noted that there are no coronavirus cases in the operation areas as a result of the adopted measures.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged President Erdoğan to remove Defense Minister Hulusi Akar from duty if a coup is suspected to be underway, as he commented on recent coup speculations. "Who could do a coup? The army could. If a coup is in question, then he should replace Hulusi Akar with someone else and prevent a coup," he said.
Seven countries are reportedly expected to join Turkey's international drill in the Eastern Mediterranean dubbed the "Mediterranean Shield." Algeria, Georgia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Libya, Lebanon and Tunisia are expected to join the "Mediterranean Shield" naval exercise, a pro-government daily reported.
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.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will carry out joint patrols along the M4 highway linking Syria's east and west, and establish a security corridor on either side of it. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara on March 10 to work out details. Akar said there were signs that migration from Idlib towards Turkish borders had stopped after the ceasefire deal.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry said late on March 3 that one Turkish soldier was killed and nine others wounded in Syria's Idlib region. With the latest death, 57 Turkish soldiers have been killed in the conflict in the region.
Turkish Defense Ministry has said that Turkey downed a Syrian L-39 type warplane in Idlib. On March 1, Turkey downed two Syrian jets in Idlib. The Syrian military closed the airspace over the province, warning that it would treat any violators as hostile targets and shoot them down.
Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Feb. 12 that its forces had killed 55 Syrian regime soldiers in Idlib, in a significant escalation in the battle to control the country’s last opposition stronghold. Turkey's move comes in the wake of an attack by regime forces earlier this week that claimed the lives of five Turkish troops.