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Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.
Nearly 20,000 members of the police, civil service, judiciary and army have been detained or suspended since Friday night's coup, in which more than 200 people were killed when a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power.
The broad crackdown and calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters drew concern from Western allies who said Ankara must uphold the rule of law in the country, a NATO member whose cooperation in the fight against Islamic State is crucial to Washington.
Some voiced concern President Tayyip Erdogan - who said he was almost killed or captured by the mutineers - was using the opportunity to consolidate his power and further a process of stifling dissent which has already caused tensions with Europe.
Turkey's foreign ministry said criticism of the government's response amounted to backing for the bid to overthrow it.
A senior security official told Reuters that 8,000 police officers, including in the capital Ankara and the biggest city Istanbul, had been removed from their posts on suspicion of links to Friday's abortive coup.
About 1,500 finance ministry officials had been suspended, a ministry official said, and CNN Turk said 30 governors and more than 50 high-ranking civil servants had been dismissed. Annual leave was suspended for more than 3 million civil servants, while close to 3,000 judges and prosecutors have been suspended.
originally posted by: onequestion
A friend of mine has contacts in Turkey (met him doing Jiu Jitsu)
Apparently they were chasing his buddy and his buddy was posting to Facebook from his cellphone which turned off.
The guy is a moderate Muslim.
I think this is a serious move to extremism and radical Islam.
Maybe Erdogan wants his Caliphate.
Ankara has demanded Washington hand Gulen over, and Erdogan told international broadcaster CNN on Monday that an extradition request would be filed this week. Washington says it is prepared to extradite him but only if Turkey provides evidence linking him to crime. Yildirim rejected that demand.
"We would be disappointed if our (American) friends told us to present proof even though members of the assassin organization are trying to destroy an elected government under the directions of that person," Yildirim said.
Conflict News @Conflicts 31m31 minutes ago
BREAKING: All political prisoners in #Turkey are now denied the right to meet lawyers, family, & make phone calls
TURKEY: List of independent news websites banned in #Turkey in the last 72 hours by the government - @HasanSari7
originally posted by: Jeroenske
Whoever was involved had access to and nuked the parliament
Conflict News @Conflicts 17m17 minutes ago
BREAKING: State media report Turkish PM confirms sending the US a request for alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gülen's extradition- @dwnews
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Washington says it is prepared to extradite him but only if Turkey provides evidence linking him to crime.
It is almost exclusively carried out by the United States government, often with the collusion of other countries: overall, 54 countries are known to have been involved with US extraordinary renditions