Turkish military expels 24 officers accused of ties to radical Islamists

Turkey's fiercely secular military said on Tuesday that it has expelled five officers accused of having ties to radical Islamic groups along with 19 other officers for drug addiction and lack of discipline. The military said the officers were expelled after the top brass and civilian leaders discussed military affairs during a biannual meeting Tuesday. The officers cannot appeal the decision. The military has expelled hundreds of officers for alleged ties to leftist or radical Islamic groups since 1996.