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Kemal Yamak
Commander of the Turkish Army

In office
24 July 1987 – 1 September 1989
Preceded by Necip Torumtay
Succeeded by Doğan Güreş
Personal details
Born 1924
Merzifon, Turkey
Military service
Allegiance Turkey
Service/branch Turkish Army
Years of service 1943-1989
Rank General

Kemal Yamak (1924, Merzifon - 26 July 2009[1]) was Commander of the Turkish Army (1987-1989). He was previously head of the Special Warfare Department (1971 - 1974[2]).

At the request of Yamak, General Semih Sancar, then the Chief of General Staff, asked Bülent Ecevit for a slush fund of 1 million dollars to support the Counter-Guerrilla programme.[3] It was at that point Ecevit learned of its existence, and demanded a briefing.[4]

In 2006 he published a book defending the role of the Special Warfare Department, and rejecting many allegations about its links with the deep state.[5]

Books

  • Gölgede kalan izler ve gölgeleşen bizler, Doğan Kitap, 2006

References

  1. Doğan Kitap, Kemal Yamak
  2. Bugün, 5 January 2010, Kozmik odaya giren tek siyasetçi
  3. Dündar, Can (2006-01-05). "Kontrgerilla kontratakta..." (in Turkish). Milliyet. http://www.milliyet.com.tr/2006/01/05/yazar/dundar.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  4. Dündar, Can (2006-01-08). "'Özel Harp'çinin tırmanış öyküsü" (in Turkish). Milliyet. http://www.milliyet.com.tr/2006/01/08/yazar/dundar.html. Retrieved 2008-09-21. "Özel harpçi olarak eğitilenler daha genç yaşlarda bölgesinde güvenilir, saygın, sözü geçen, (...) önder niteliklere sahip oldukları için seçilmişlerdi. Milletvekili oluşları da bu seçimin doğruluğunu göstermiyor mu?... Birçok olay olmuş, bu teşkilatın tek bir üyesi bu olaylara karışmış mı?" 
  5. Hurriyet Daily News, 2 April 2006, The 'deepest' topic in Turkey

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