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Semih Sancar
Chief of the General Staff of Turkey

In office
6 March 1973 – 7 March 1978
Preceded by Faruk Gürler
Succeeded by Kenan Evren
Commander of the Turkish Army

In office
28 August 1972 – 7 March 1973
Preceded by Faruk Gürler
Succeeded by Eşref Akıncı
Personal details
Born 1911
Erzurum, Ottoman Empire
Military service
Allegiance Turkey
Service/branch Turkish Army
Years of service 1930-1978
Rank General

Semih Sancar (1911, Erzurum - 8 December 1984[1]) was Chief of the General Staff of Turkey from 1973 to 1978, a period including the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. He was previously Commander of the Turkish Land Forces (1972 - 1973) and General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey (1969 - 1970).

At the request of Special Warfare Department head General Kemal Yamak, Sancar, then the Chief of General Staff, asked Bülent Ecevit for a slush fund of 1 million dollars to support the Counter-Guerrilla programme.[2] It was at that point Ecevit learned of its existence, and demanded a briefing.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. kimkimdir.gen.tr, Orgeneral Semih Sancar (1911 - 1984)
  2. 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. 
  3. 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?" 

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