Turkey's Military on Guard Against Islam in Politics The Turkish parliament is poised to elect a president of the country with roots in Islamist politics. This prompted Turkey's military to issue a statement of concern Friday night, noting the traditional role of the Turkish Armed Forces in defending the secular nature of the state.
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Turkey's Military on Guard Against Islam in Politics

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Turkey's Military on Guard Against Islam in Politics

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Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) presidential candidate, addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey, on April 25, 2007. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) presidential candidate, addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey, on April 25, 2007.

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The Turkish parliament is poised to elect a president of the country with roots in Islamist politics. This prompted Turkey's military to issue a statement of concern Friday night, noting the traditional role of the Turkish Armed Forces in defending the secular nature of the state.

Paul de Bendern, the Ankara bureau chief for Reuters, speaks with Debbie Elliott.