A senior Turkish general called for calm today, after two prominent retired generals were detained in a widening police investigation into a suspected plot against the government. "Turkey is passing through difficult days. We all have to be acting with more common sense, more carefully and more responsibly," said the commander of land forces, General Ilker Basbug, who is the second most powerful general in the Turkish military.
Police detained 21 people on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist and secularist group consisting of former military officers, lawyers, and journalists, suspected of planning bombings and assassinations calculated to trigger an army takeover. Reuters*