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Turkey arrests more than 200 soldiers accused of supporting Gulen movement

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Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

Turkish government ordered the arrest of 222 soldiers in the Turkish part of Cyprus for allegedly supporting Gulen movement. The arrests came after the investigations against the soldiers accused of supporting the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, as the state owned news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers Fethullah Gulen, a former companion living in the United States, as the mastermind of the coup attempt against his government in July 2016. Erdogan classifies the Gulen movement as a terrorist organization.

The members of the armed forces were established in the country and in the Turkish part of Cyprus. They are accused of supporting the Gulen movement, which is said to be behind the failed coup of 2016, according to the government.

According to Anadolu, 50 suspects were arrested during ongoing raids in 54 Turkish cities and in Cyprus. The soldiers involved served in various armed forces of the country.

More than three years after the thwarted coup by parts of the military, tens of thousands of people in Turkey have been persecuted or arrested as alleged Gulen movement supporters of the civil service. The Turkish government is also looking for supporters abroad. Gulen himself rejects all allegations.

Read also: Istanbul Attorney General issues arrest warrants against 216 other military personnel

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