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NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers gone since coup

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

NATO's top military officer says that around 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command in response to the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July.

U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said Wednesday that he was concerned about the welfare of the officers and their families, but had received assurances from Turkey's army chief that they would be treated well.

Scaparrotti said the move had placed "an extra load on our remaining people" and that "it obviously has an impact on their military."

He said: "I had talented, capable people here and I'm taking a degradation on my staff."

Scaparrotti said many who left were senior officers and that replacing their expertise as military trainers or top pilots would take a long time.