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Turkey Intensifies Failed Coup Crackdown

VOA News Turkey intensified its crackdown Sunday on officials who allegedly played a role in the failed coup in mid-July, dismissing nearly 1,400 military personnel. Among those discharged was a top aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also moved to tighten his grip over the top ranks of the country's armed forces and spy agency. Erdogan aide-de-camp Ali Yazici was among those arrested five days after the July 15 uprising in an attempt to overthrow Erdogan's Ankara government. More than 50,000 Turks have now lost their jobs across the country and more than 18,000 have been detained, all for…
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Foreign, Domestic Media Under Fire in Turkey

Dorian Jones ISTANBUL—The Turkish government has turned its attention to journalists in the latest expansion of its purges after a failed coup July President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief of international relations, Ayse Sozen Usluer, has released a file of foreign news coverage, indicating what she says is support of — or failure to oppose — the uprising. Usluer says much of the foreign media failed the democracy test. "Some coverage in the media is shameful — disgraceful, actually,” she said. “It seems they can’t leave the politics aside and condemn the coup openly. The international press have shown an anti-Erdogan…
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Gulen Accuses Erdogan of ‘Slow-motion Coup’ in Turkey

VOA News The exiled cleric accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being behind Turkey's attempted coup has accused the Turkish president of "turning a failed putsch into a slow-motion coup of his own against constitutional government." Writing Tuesday in the New York Times, Fethullah Gulen called Erdogan's accusation of involvement in the attempted coup by elements of Turkey's military earlier this month "irresponsible and wrong." "My philosophy, inclusive and pluralist Islam dedicated to serve to human beings from every faith is antithetical to armed rebellion," wrote the 75-year-old cleric, a former Erdogan ally who has been living in self-imposed…
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