Turkish military has dismissed more than 19,000 members over Gülen links since coup attempt

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ISPARTA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 12 : President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) views soldiers parading during the badge ceremony of specialized sergeant commando trainees at Counter Terrorism School and Training Center Command in Isparta, Turkey on October 12, 2018. Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has since a coup attempt in 2016 dismissed 19,203 of its members due to alleged ties to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused of orchestrating the abortive putsch despite its strong denial of any involvement, according to a statement issued on Sunday.

The statement added that administrative investigations are pending for 5,035 military members.

On the pretext of an anti-coup fight, more than 130,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others are still in jail and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

Turkish police have been conducting mass detentions since the failed coup.

Turkish Minute

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