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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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Turkey Closes Scores of Media Outlets, Dismisses 2,400 Soldiers, Officers

VOA News Turkey announced the dismissal of more than 2,400 military personnel Wednesday and shut down scores of media outlets in what appeared to be a widening crackdown following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. At least one journalist was taken into custody and arrest warrants were issued for nearly 50 former members of the editorial staff of the country's largest daily, Zaman. The State Department said such moves against news media represent a "troubling trend." State-run and private news outlets in Turkey reported 45 daily newspapers have been ordered to shut down, along with three news…
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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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Turkey’s Kurds Accuse EU of Turning Blind Eye

Jamie Dettmer Turkey’s military says it has killed 307 Kurdish separatists in recent weeks in counter-terrorism operations in southeastern Turkey, but the toll has also been great on civilians.  Rights groups say 162 civilians, including 32 children, have been killed since August in districts where the military has imposed 24-hour curfews. Rights group Amnesty International has urged Turkish authorities to lift indefinite 24-hour curfews that have been in effect since mid-December in the Sur district of Diyarbakir province and the towns of Cizre and Silopi in Sırnak province, as well as intermittent curfews on other mainly Kurdish towns. “The body…
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Erdogan: Kobani About to Fall to IS Group

Turkey's president says the Syrian border town of Kobani is on the verge of falling to Islamic State militants. Kurdish fighters have been defending the town for three weeks from the approaching militant offensive. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Tuesday that the ultra-radical Sunni militant group will take control of the area along the Syria-Turkey border unless ground troops counter the offensive. airstrikes and the Kurdish militia have failed to push back the IS as the group flanked Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab. A monitoring group says at least 400 people have been killed in the three-week…
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