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Turkey Holds 20 Alleged Members of Coup ‘Sleeper Cell’

ISTANBUL, Oct 6 – Twenty suspects including Turkish soldiers and a deputy governor were jailed pending trial on Thursday, accused of belonging to a “sleeper cell” to be activated if a July military coup attempt had been successful, state-run Anadolu Agency said. The move followed Wednesday’s dismissal of 540 soldiers from the naval and forces

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Turkey Detains 55 Military, Intelligence Personnel over Attempted Coup

ANKARA, Oct 5 – Turkey detained 55 military and intelligence agency personnel on Wednesday over suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network, accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed coup in July, media reports said. In the latest of a stream of raids targeting those suspected of ties to the putsch, police

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U.S. Elections: The Missing Point

Both U.S. presidential candidates must address the Middle East issue OP-ED by Ghanem Nuseibeh While the U.S. presidential election campaign continues to revolve around topics focusing on the character traits of the two presidential hopefuls—Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton—there has been a glaring omission from the first debate. Both nominees failed to have any serious discussion

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Turkey Suspends Thousands of Police, Shuts Down TV Station as Crackdown Widens

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 4 – Turkish authorities suspended nearly 13,000 police officers, detained dozens of air force officers and shut down a TV station on Tuesday, widening a state-ordered clampdown against perceived enemies in the wake of July’s failed coup. The police headquarters said 12,801 officers, including 2,523 chiefs, had

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Turkey says Suspends 12,801 Police Over Alleged Links with Cleric Gulen

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 4 – Hours after announcing a three-month extension of a state of emergency, Turkey suspended 12,801 police officers on Tuesday, saying they had suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating July’s failed coup. In a statement, Turkey’s national police headquarters said 2,523

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Turkey Detains Brother of Cleric Gulen, Issues Arrest Warrants for 115

ISTANBUL, Oct 3  – Turkish authorities have detained a brother of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric they accuse of orchestrating a coup attempt in July, and issued arrest warrants for 115 other people as part of nationwide investigations into the abortive putsch. Kudbettin Gulen was taken into custody on Sunday by Turkish counter-terrorism police in

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Defying Critics, Turkey’s Erdogan says to Extend State of Emergency

ANKARA, Sept 29 – Turkey would benefit from another three months of a state of emergency, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, striking a defiant tone against those who have criticised the reach of a government crackdown following a failed coup. Speaking a day after the National Security Council recommended the extension of emergency rule,

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Cleric Gulen says Certain Erdogan Behind Failed Turkey Coup

BERLIN, Sept 29  – U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish authorities accuse of orchestrating a failed coup in July, told a German newspaper that he was sure President Tayyip Erdogan was behind the putsch. Gulen said in an interview with the weekly Die Zeit that the military coup attempt betrayed the principles of the

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U.S. Network of Turkish Cleric Facing Pressure as Those at Home Seek Help

By Julia Harte and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Sept 26  – A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says U.S. Has ‘No Excuse’ to Keep Coup Suspect Gulen

ANKARA, Aug 24 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would tell U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Washington has “no excuse” for not handing over the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for last month’s failed coup. Erdogan, who is due to meet with Biden in Ankara later on Wednesday, said Turkey would continue to

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