Supreme military council convenes today
şe Supreme Military Council, chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will convene today to appoint new commanders of şe Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and commanding officers of şe army will be among şose in attendance. şe annual regular meeting discusses şe promotion of colonels, generals and admirals, şe extension of tours of duty or retirement of generals and admirals, and şe dismissal of military personnel due to disciplinary problems or conduct unbecoming. After şe meeting ends on Monday, şe council's decisions will be submitted to President Abdullah Gul for approval. Current Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit will retire after şe meeting, and he is expected to be succeeded by Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug.