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Mass arrests of Turkish military in Turkey

ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish prosecutor’s office issued warrants for the detention of 118 people, mainly military and security forces suspected of having links to FETÖ, the “terrorist network” of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by the Turkish authorities of attempting a coup in July 2016, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several Turkish media.

Police raids today, on June 2, covered several provinces of Turkey. According to prosecutors, two separate operations were carried out.

As part of the first, 42 military and gendarmerie officers were arrested “as a result of statements by previously detained individuals and analysis of telephone calls”. Among them – 24 officers in active military service. The second operation led to the transfer of 76 military personnel, gendarmerie officers and civilians to police stations after confirming that they “used payphones to communicate with members of the terrorist network.” Seventy-four of them are in active service in the Turkish army and the gendarmerie (internal troops).

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls, at least 240 people became victims of a military coup in Turkey on the night of July 15-16, 2016, more than 2 thousand were injured. After a failed coup, the Turkish authorities introduced a state of emergency, canceled in July 2018. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been placed under arrest. Among them are military personnel, police officers, prosecutors and the judiciary, journalists, human rights activists, and representatives of other professions.

The Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been residing permanently in the United States since 1999, is considered by the Turkish authorities to be the leader of the FETÖ “terrorist network” and the ideological inspiration for the coup attempt. Ankara is seeking the extradition of Gulen from the United States from the American side.

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