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Turkey estimates that the military has fired more than 19,500 since the attempt in 2016 due to alleged links to Gulen

June 3, 2020

The Turkish government has estimated more than 19,500 that the military has fired since the coup attempt in July 2016 for alleged connections to the Islamist cleric Fetulá Gulen, accusing the Ankara of being behind the uprising.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has stated that 19,583 military personnel have been released, of whom 4,156 are still under investigation, before 4,562 of the total have been expelled from the army since the state of emergency was withdrawn in 2018.

“Our goal is to remove terrorists from our ranks and we won’t allow a single traitor to wear this gorgeous military uniform,” said Akar, according to the Turkish state news agency Anatolia.

Turkey estimates that the military has fired more than 19,500 since the attempt in 2016 due to alleged links to GulenTurkey estimates that the military has fired more than 19,500 since the attempt in 2016 due to alleged links to Gulen

He said that “the fight with all terrorist organizations, including FETO – the name under which Ankara Gulen refers to the organization he considers terrorist – continues.”