Thursday, October 16, 2008

Turkey's military rejects criticism over PKK attacks

By Zerin Elci
Wed Oct 15, 12:22 PM ET

BALIKESIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's powerful generals rejected on Wednesday any blame for the deaths of 17 soldiers in a raid by Kurdish rebels, as rare public criticism of the army mounted following a series of attacks.

The armed forces, one the country's most respected institutions and which sees itself as the main guardian of modern Turkey, have been virtually beyond criticism for years.

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