Feb 24 2012

Turkish Armed Forces held large-scale military exercises near border
with Armenia - in Kars province.

APA reports that President and Commander-in-Chief of Turkish Armed
Forces Abdullah Gul, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Beshir
Atalay, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Chief of the General Staff
Necdet Ozel participated at the last day of exercises which aim to
increase the combat skills of the army in winter days.

The tanks, warplanes and combat helicopters were involved in the
exercises. The fires were opened from combat bullets, shells and
missiles. The training was held in 1900 m height under -20 C. Gul said
that he was proud of capability of the Turkish Army: "We desire the
existence of peace and stability in the region. But as our fathers
said, if you want peace, prepare for war. It is needed to have the
powerful army in order to prevent the wrong step of someone. It is
necessary to pass the good exercise in order to be ready to any threat,
as well as to the protection of our country and nation".

Gul also reminded that 90000 Turkish soldiers were frozen to death
in 1915 in Sarikamish peak of Kars in 1915 during the World War I:
"It is impossible to forget Sarikamish tragedy and our martyrs. I read
the memoirs of the commanders of that period. I was very sad. But I
saw that we drew a lesson from the history by following the movements
of Turkish soldier in 1.5m snow. "

From: Baghdasarian