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Turkey to detain 117 soldiers over Gulen links

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 117 soldiers over alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating last year’s attempted coup, security sources said on Friday. Turkey says supporters of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, were behind the abortive putsch in which 250 people were killed. He has denied involvement. They said counter terrorism police in the western province of Izmir launched an operation early on Friday to detain the military staff, some of whom served in key units of the armed forces. The personnel facing arrest had been in phone contact with senior members of the cleric’s movement between 2010 and July 15 last year when the coup was launched, the sou...

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