Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism.

The move also ends the last remaining headscarf ban at a public institution in the predominantly Muslim, but officially secular country.

With the change, women officers or military students in uniforms who wish to cover their hair in line with Islamic tradition will be able to wear headscarves under their hats, berets or caps, an official said.

The headscarves would be plain, without patterns and would match the...

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