Turkish Air Force Intelligence Director resigned

The Turkish Air Force has recently become the military wing with the most resignations.

It was revealed on Monday that Air Force Intelligence Director Gen. Mehmet Yılmaz Erdoğan resigned in April, daily Hürriyet reported.

Military sources claimed Erdoğan’s resignation came as a result of the exposure of information about his private life on the Internet.

It was not confirmed whether the resignation was a reaction to recent targeting of the Air Force. Another unconfirmed claim said Erdoğan had problems with Air Force Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay.

Military officials refrained from commenting on the issue.

The Turkish Air Force Command has recently become the military wing with the most resignations. Two generals resigned in 2007 and two more stepped down in 2009.

Air War Academy Commander Maj. Gen. Sinan Şanlı and Maj. Gen. Levent Türkmen, the number two of the First Tactical Air Force Command conducting the most critical operations in the Aegean including “dog-fighting,” both resigned.

War Academies Commander Gen. Bilgin Balanlı, who was expected to become Air Force commander, and Air War Academy Commander Maj. Gen. İsmail Taş were arrested as part of the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) alleged coup-plot case.

HDN