There is scant doubt the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party(AKP) is concerned about the attitudes of members of the Turkish military high command. The past few months have witnessed continual warnings and arrests of military personnel on charges they are planning a coup in order to overthrow the moderate Muslim government presently in power. Six retired Turkish military personnel together with 50 members of the armed forces were arrested and detained for questioning regarding the supposed military coup.
The former heads of the navy and air force were among those detained for questioning. The military has historically been in favor of maintaining the secular nature of the Turkish government. The AKP has pledged to support that principle, but there are members of that party which seek a more militant Muslim presence in government and society.