Friday, February 3, 2017
Turkish NATO Officers Seek Asylum in Germany: 'was responsible for surveillance and defense of NATO air space along the border to Russia'
Turkish NATO Officers Seek Asylum in Germany: 'was responsible for surveillance and defense of NATO air space along the border to Russia' (Spiegel).
In the wake of purges ordered by President Erdogan following last summer's coup attempt, a number of Turkish NATO officers have applied for asylum in Germany. The issue is a highly sensitive one -- also for Chancellor Merkel, who is visiting Turkey yesterday.
Murat Karasu still has a very clear memory of the day that he rejected an order for the first time. The Turkish army officer had studied in the United States and flew fighter jets. His superior had already assigned him several times to highly desired NATO posts -- most recently in Germany. Following orders and obedience had been as important to Karasu as his love of his country.
After parts of the military conducted a coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, Karasu continued serving in the military until, at the beginning of September, his superior suddenly placed a letter in his hand. The order stated that Karasu must leave the military and return to Turkey.
"My termination came out of the blue," Karasu, a purposeful man in his mid-40s, says four months later. "No reason was given." Karasu is sitting in a pastry shop in a small town in western Germany. "I want to stay in Germany," he says. The former officer, who had, until recently, been responsible for the surveillance and defense of NATO air space along the border to Russia, has applied for political asylum in Germany. Hmmm........Late June reconciliation with Russia starts.....July 15 Coup in Turkey, next NATO officers are getting purged all over Turkish army....
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