Turkish police detain 47 suspected coup supporters: CNN Turk

A handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen (AFP/Zaman Daily/Selahattin Sevi)
Updated 23 June 2018

Turkish police detain 47 suspected coup supporters: CNN Turk

  • Turkish police have detained 47 people in an operation targeting alleged supporters within the army of a network accued by Ankara of orchestrating a failed military coup two years ago
  • The operation, which began on Tuesday, targeted 124 people accused of being followers of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained 47 people in an operation targeting alleged supporters within the army of a network accued by Ankara of orchestrating a failed military coup two years ago, private broadcaster CNN Turk said on Saturday.
The operation, which began on Tuesday, targeted 124 people accused of being followers of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, CNN Turk said.
Ankara accuses Gulen of being behind the abortive putsch on July 15, 2016, a charge he denies.
The suspects were said to have operated as religious guides for high-ranking military personnel, it said. The operation, which focused on the central Turkish city of Konya and was spread over 31 provinces, comes ahead of Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey.
Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of state employees since the coup attempt, the UN human rights office said in March. Of that number, more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail during trial.
Critics of President Tayyip Erdogan say he has used the failed putsch as a pretext to quash dissent. Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security.
Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and a half, is tipped to win the presidential election but possibly only in a run-off set for early July, opinion polls suggest.


Erdogan says Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

Updated 19 November 2019

Erdogan says Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

  • Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil
  • Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to battle the YPG until all threats toward Turkey are stopped

ANKARA: Turkey is aware that the US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara’s battle against the militia it considers a terrorist group will continue.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil, and has launched three offensives in northern Syria against the militia.

It has been infuriated by the US support for the militia, repeatedly urging its NATO ally to halt its relations with the group.

Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to battle the YPG until all threats toward Turkey are stopped and every militant is eliminated.

He added that no plan in the region can be realized without Turkey’s consent and support.