Turkey has plan for invasion of Armenia and Greece

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Turkey has a plan to invade Greece and Armenia. The confidential document was found in the materials of the case regarding the 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt, and the document was mistakenly incorporated in the case by the investigator, as reports Nordic Monitor, which is under the supervision of Nordic Research Monitoring Network.

According to a Power Point presentation prepared by the General Staff for an internal planning review, Turkey drew up a plan for a secret military operation named “TSK Çakabey Harekât Planlama Direktifi” (TSK [Turkish Armed Forces] Çakabey Operation Planning Directive). The document has a date of June 13, 2014, suggesting that it was most likely updated and finalized on that date after a review of an earlier version and is presumably still active.

Another slide from the same secret document lists Turkey’s military offensive plans against Greece and Armenia with corresponding dates indicating when they were drawn up, including the plan against Armenia (drawn up on August 15, 2000) and the plan against Greece (drawn up on June 13, 2014).

It was not surprising to see that Turkish planners named the military action against Greece for Çaka Bey (Tzachas in Greek), a revered name in Turkey, especially among navy people, as the man who led the first-ever Turkish expedition in the Aegean. Çaka Bey’s forces took over islands in the Aegean such as Lesbos, Samos, Chios and Rhodes as well as some territory in the Aegean coastlands in 1088-91 from the Byzantine Empire. Some in Turkey even call him the founding father of the Turkish navy.

The documents were discovered in a court case file in the Turkish capital where investigating prosecutor Serdar Coşkun, a loyalist of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appears to have forgotten to remove the classified documents before submitting them to the court. They were collected from the General Staff headquarters during an investigation into a failed coup on July 15, 2016. The documents including the invasion plan for the Greece were found to have been exchanged among top commanders at the General Staff as they use a secure internal email communications system. Coşkun ordered the military to forward copies of all email messages for the previous two months including the encrypted ones, on August 1, 2016.