Turkey orders detention of 35 soldiers over Gülen links

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The İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 35 active duty soldiers and 12 others as part of a massive post-coup purge targeting Gülen movement followers, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report at least 31 suspects were detained in police operations across 24 provinces.

The suspects were accused of secretly communicating with Gülen movement members via payphone.

Turkey accuses the movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

The latest figures show 17,242 military members have been purged since the failed coup.

In the last two-and-a-half months, 650 retired soldiers have been stripped of their pensions over alleged Gülen links.

Turkish Minute

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