Turkish military rocked by resignations

The head of the Turkish armed forces General Isik Kosaner along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces have resigned, it was reported yesterday, apparently plunging Nato's second biggest military into disarray.

The reason for the generals' resignations was not immediately clear, but tensions between the secularist military and the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have run high in recent years. The Turkish lira weakened sharply on the news to 1.6964 against the dollar from an interbank close of 1.6805 yesterday.