The departure of the generals has caused turmoil in the military, giving Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan an opportunity to extend his authority over the once-dominant armed forces, the second biggest in NATO.
Chief of General Staff General Işık Koşaner stepped down on Friday evening along with the army, navy and air force commanders in protest over the detention of 250 officers on charges of conspiring against Erdoğan's government.
In a farewell message to "brothers in arms," Koşaner said it was impossible to continue in his job as he could not defend the rights of men who had been detained as a consequence of a flawed judicial process.
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