POLITICS > Turkish army is ‘unbelievable,’ says NATO commander


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NATO Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, AA photo

NATO Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, AA photo

NATO Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges heaped praise on the Turkish army earlier today in the western province of İzmir, private broadcaster NTV has reported.

"Turkey played a critical role in Kabul [as part of the International Security Assistance Forces - ISAF]. The Turkish army is unbelievable. Everyone trusts them. At the same time they are so disciplined. At all NATO missions that I have been in charge of, I have chosen to work with Turkish officers and authorities. Turkish people have to be really proud of this," he said, adding that Turkey’s work as part of ISAF was a big success.

"Turkey has always been a country which has made a big contribution to NATO. I am impressed by the exceptionally talented and experienced soldiers from across the alliance. Turkish officers here have decades of experience in Afghanistan, Libya and the Balkans,” he said.

Hodges recently took the command of the NATO Allied Force Command in İzmir.


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Chris Green

12/8/2012 1:58:26 PM

Mr Ehrlichman has an over inflated opinion of his 'illustrious' military. Neither conflicts that he highlights were exclusively down to the intervention of his country; indeed had Great Britain not prevailed in 1940 against the might of the Luftwaffe is is highly questionable as to whether the USA would have entered the war in Europe! Furthermore, the British Elite forces are without peer! The Turkish Armed services are indeed formidable and should in no way be underestimated for even a moment!

paul ehrlichman

12/7/2012 8:39:40 PM

@Jobs jon: how can I be 'jealous' ? My country is the greatest military might ever! We won the ww1 against among other your very own turkish army, won the ww2 and squashed facism/nazism and won the cold war and evaporated communism - just to name a few battles that we have been part of! I am not jealous, I am a cold and clean cut observer!

ilker avni

12/7/2012 4:58:22 PM

@ Fred Doyle You can read the minute by minute account of the Turkish brigade sacifice and how the saved the certain circlement of American 8th army by the chinese,if not for the Turkish Brigade who held back 3000 chinese with baynots after they ran out of amo,General Macathur called them the "Heroes of Heroes".If not for The Turkish Brigade Inchon would not have happened the war would have been over,the Turkish brigade actions enabled the UN forces to regroup.and the 8th army to escape.

Eric Martin

12/7/2012 3:35:07 AM

I can't understand why we're in Kabul.


12/7/2012 1:19:35 AM

@Truth Teller: The days of countries going it alone are over. It's all about alliances now. Why are all the allied nations helping America when they are supposedly the most powerful in the world? They spend nearly triple on their yearly defense budget than the next 10 countries combined... Including China & Russia! Remember: 'Turks can be killed, but can't be defeated' - Napoleon Bonaparte. Why? 'Turkish soldiers are brave. They love their country and can die for it anytime' - Albert Einstein

mara mcglothin

12/7/2012 1:10:31 AM

NEIL ANDERSON My sentiments exactly! I love Turkey and am proud of their secular democracy in the sea of turmoil we call the Middle East. FRED DOYLE I would say that from the accounts of survivors that I know personally, the Turks made the difference, no question. The Korean War veterans that I knew couldn't say enough of about the bravery and strength of the Turkish army.

Jobs jon

12/6/2012 11:41:26 PM

@paul ehrlichman and cezer skonore: I can small your jealously, right now you must be burning inside.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

12/6/2012 10:49:51 PM

I too find the Turkish Military "unbelievable". Their report about the cause of suicides in the military is unbelievable.


12/6/2012 10:24:16 PM

Nothing new to me !!!

Fred Doyle

12/6/2012 9:15:28 PM

@ilker Are you implying that the allies would have lost if not for the Turkish troops fighting the N Koreans/Chinese? "Inchon" changed the tide of the war, not the Turkish Brigade. If I'm wrong please educate me.
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