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Turkey issues warrants for over 240 soldiers over alleged coup links

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Istanbul public prosecutor says it issued arrest warrants for 176 active duty military personnel, including a colonel, 5 majors and 100 lieutenants from the different armed forces over alleged links to Fethullah Gulen's movement

Ex-Trump aide Flynn probed over secret Turkey dealings – reports

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Lawyers for Michael Flynn label the allegations 'outrageous' and 'false'

PROBED. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Turkey marks failed coup that changed country

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup supporters while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen his grip on power tightened rather than weakened

HANDS UP. In this file photo, a man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. File photo by Gurcan/AFP

Turkey seeks arrest of NBA player Enes Kanter on terror accusations

May 27, 2017 - 11:59 AM

A judge issues an arrest warrant to Thunders Enes Kanter after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter s alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization

TERROR ACCUSATIONS. The arrest warrant refers to Kanter's alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock and also 'praise for a terror organization' in messages via his social media accounts. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images North America/AFP

Turkey detains 1,000 in crackdown on alleged Gulen supporters

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:33 PM

A total of 1 009 suspects have so far been detained in raids in 72 provinces across the country Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu is quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency

Germany investigates 20 for alleged spying for Turkey

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:49 PM

They also launch an investigation into the actions of Turkish imams suspected of acting as spies under Ankara s orders

Germany launches probe into 'intolerable spying' by Turkey

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:30 AM

The probe comes as a German state minister accuses Turkey of the unacceptable espionage against supporters of Fethullah Gulen blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a failed coup attempt last year

SPYING CLAIMS. Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius holds the cover of a list with the names of alleged supporters of the Gulen movement that was handed over to Germany's Federal Intelligence Service by representatives of the Turkish intelligence service, during a press conference in Hanover, Germany, on March 28, 2017. Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/AFP

Turkey coup suspects trial begins in Istanbul

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

The trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to be the most far reaching legal process in Turkish history

Turkish special force soldiers stand guard at the courthouse on December 27, 2016 at Silivri district in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Russia joins probe into Turkey envoy murder

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:52 PM

4th UPDATE Six people are detained over the attack including the sister mother father and uncle of suspect Mevlut Mert Altintas 22 an off duty policeman

This picture taken on December 19, 2016 shows Andrey Karlov (R), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, lying on the floor after being shot by a gunman (C) during an attack during a public event in Ankara. Hasim Kilic/Hurriyet/AFP

Keluarga mengaku lega Handika tak terbukti bergabung kelompok Fethullah Gülen

Nov 24, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Pasca dibebaskan Handika mengaku ingin melanjutkan pendidikannya di jurusan matematika Universitas Gaziantep Turki

DIBEBASKAN. Pelajar Indonesia di Turki, Handika Lintang, dibebaskan oleh pengadilan dan dianggap tidak memiliki kaitan dengan kelompok Fethullah Gulen. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

Pengadilan Turki membebaskan pelajar Indonesia Handika Lintang

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Handika ditangkap oleh otoritas di Turki karena diduga terkait dengan gerakan Fethullah Gülen yang ingin menggulingkan pemerintahan resmi

KUDETA. Warga Istanbul mengibarkan bendera Turki untuk menentang upaya kudeta terhadap President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 16 Juni. Foto oleh Werner/EPA

Turkey fires 15,000, shuts 375 NGOs in latest coup purge

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:39 AM

More than 100 000 people have already been suspended or sacked so far in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup plotters while dozens of media outlets have been shut down

PURGE CONTINUES. In this file photo, people walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish court jails 9 staff of opposition daily

Nov 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED The suspects are charged with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party and the movement of Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the failed coup bid in July

RALLY. A protester holds a copy of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration outside the newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul on November 2, 2016. Yasin Akgul/AFP

Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe – minister

Oct 23, 2016 - 3:57 PM

More than 35 000 people have been arrested over alleged links to the group said to be behind the failed coup in July

Turkey suspends 12,800 police, shuts TV channel

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Of the 12 801 suspended from duty as part of the investigation into the coup attempt 2 523 were police chiefs the police authorities say in a statement

Turkey police detain Gulen's brother in coup probe

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:20 AM

Kutbettin Gulen is accused of membership of an armed terror group says the state run Anadolu news agency

Turkey set to extend state of emergency, 32,000 jailed

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:39 AM

The state of emergency has provided the legal framework for the biggest crackdown in Turkey s modern history but also raised alarm among its partners in the European Union and United States

Turkish police arrest a teacher wearing a T-shirt reading 'Don't touch my teacher!' in Diyarbakir on September 24, 2016, during a protest against the suspension of teachers for suspected links with militants. Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:16 PM

The National Intelligence Organization has suspended 141 personnel in an internal probe over links to US based preacher Fethullah Gulen

FAILED COUP. People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Turkey detains prominent journalist in coup probe

Sep 10, 2016 - 6:59 PM

Journalist Ahmet Altan and his brother Professor Mehmet Altan were detained early in the morning by Istanbul anti terror police the state run Anadolu news agency reported

Turkey removes 8,000 security personnel in latest purge

Sep 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Turkey has embarked on an all-out purge of state bodies in the wake of the coup to rid the country of what Erdogan calls the 'virus' of Fethullah Gulen's influence

POST-COUP. An armed man watches over secular supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shouting slogans and holding Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2016. File photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Turkey arrests ex-envoy who brokered secret Gulen meeting

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Gurcan Balik s arrest is one of the first times a figure linked to the political leadership in the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP has been implicated in the July 15 coup

Kisah pelajar Indonesia yang tertangkap di Turki karena diduga pendukung Fethullah Gülen

Aug 26, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Keluarga di Wonosobo yakin Handika adalah korban salah tangkap oleh otoritas Turki

DITANGKAP DI TURKI. Salah satu pelajar Indonesia, Handika Lintang, ditangkap oleh otoritas berwenang pada tanggal 3 Juni lalu, karena diduga terlibat organisasi yang dibina oleh Fehtullah Gulen. Ilustrasi oleh Adinda Maya/Rappler

Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Biden s one day trip to Ankara is largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey s impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C-R) pose with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) just before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2016. Stringer/EPA

US is 'strategic partner, not our enemy' – Turkish PM

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:11 PM

This is despite Ankara s anger at Washington for failing to extradite Fethullah Gulen whom Turkey blames for last month s failed coup

'STRATEGIC PARTNER.' This handout photo taken and released on August 20, 2016, shows Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaking during a meeting with foreign media representatives in Istanbul. Hakan Goktepe/Turkish Prime Minister Press Office/AFP

Turkey suspends 2,500 more from religion agency after coup bid

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The religious affairs directorate Diyanet says 2 560 people have been suspended in the latest wave bringing the total dismissed to 3 672 since July 15

Indonesia tolak permintaan Turki untuk tutup 9 sekolah

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Turki menduga 9 institusi pendidikan itu menyebarluaskan paham Fethullah Gülen orang yang mereka tuding sebagai otak upaya kudeta terhadap pemerintah

Turkey issues warrant for preacher Gulen over coup

Aug 05, 2016 - 8:15 AM

US based preacher Fethullah Gulen strongly denies any involvement and the movement he leads insists it is a charitable network promoting tolerant Islam

ARREST WARRANT. This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan presses US to extradite preacher

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the United States to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen saying waiting to get the alleged coup plotter was intolerable

This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey dismisses nearly 1,400 troops as Erdogan tightens grip

Jul 31, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s aide de camp Ali Yazici is among those dismissed

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) with aide-de-camp Ali Yazici (L) reviewing an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential complex in Ankara. A military aide of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was taken into custody on Sunday after the July 15 attempted coup, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Ali Yazici is accused of involvement in the coup plot and was in Ankara during the putsch, CNN-Turk said. He had only begun working for the president in August last year, according to Anadolu.  / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

SMA Semesta: Tudingan Pemerintah Turki bentuk intervensi kepada Indonesia

Jul 30, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Pemerintah Turki melalui situs resmi kedutaan di Jakarta meminta Indonesia menutup 9 SMA yang diduga terkait gerakan Fethullah Gülen

MINTA DITUTUP. Pemerintah Turki menduga 9 SMA di Indonesia menerima aliran dana dari Fetullah Gülen. Salah satunya adalah SMA Asrama Bilingual Semesta di Semarang, Jawa Tengah. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

Turki minta Indonesia tutup sekolah yang terkait organisasi FETO

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Pemerintah Indonesia mengatakan keberadaan sembilan sekolah itu sudah sesuai aturan pendidikan Turki tak berhak ikut campur

TUTUP SEKOLAH. Pemerintah Turki meminta 9 sekolah yang diduga terkait dengan organisasi pimpinan Fethullah Gulen agar ditutup. Gulen menjadi sosok yang dicari Turki karena diduga menjadi otak kudeta terhadap pemerintahan Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

Turkey detains 3 top businessmen in probe after coup

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The detentions are part of an investigation into the financing of the activities of US based preacher Fethullah Gulen in Turkey

POST-COUP. An armed man watches over secular supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shouting slogans and holding Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2016. Photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Turkey reshuffles military after half of generals fired

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Separately a total of 131 newspapers TV channels and other media outlets are being shut down under the 3 month state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup

People walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul, following the failed military coup attempt of July 15. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey PM warns post-coup crackdown not over

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:01 PM

UPDATED Energy Minister Berat Albayrak suggests parts of the military had wanted to act against the government as they knew they were about to be purged

FAILED COUP. People shout slogans and hold Turkish national flags during a demonstration, against the failed Army coup attempt, at Taksim Sqaure, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. EPA/MARIUS BECKER

Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Using new emergency powers President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s cabinet decree that police could now hold suspects for 1 month without charge

AFTERMATH. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) on July 20, has declared a 3-month state of emergency, causing the dismissal of 50,000 workers and the arrest of 8,000 people after the July 15 failed coup attempt. Handout photo from Turkish Presidential Press Office/EPA

Turkey EU minister says 'not end of road' for membership bid

Jul 23, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Turkey s EU Minister Omer Celik laments that no EU leaders had come to Turkey in the wake of the coup to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Turkish leadership

'BRAND NEW MOMENTUM'. Turkey's EU Minister Omer Celik insists that a key deal to limit the flow of refugees and migrants to Europe is proceeding 'without a hitch' despite the coup. File photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Turkey suspends rights convention under emergency powers

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The extra powers to restrict freedom of movement and other rights are needed to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt Erdogan says

TURKISH SWAT. Members of a Turkish SWAT team on duty at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

3-month state of emergency declared in Turkey

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:41 AM

The state of emergency is needed in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey targets media and schools in escalating post-coup purge

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The government suspends 15 200 state education employees demands resignation of almost 1 600 deans and cancels licenses of radio and TV stations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen

A man waves a Turkish flags during a meeting in support of the Turkish president on Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

'Nonsensical' to claim Erdogan orchestrated coup – presidency

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:39 PM

Turkey accuses Erdogan s archfoe Fethullah Gulen of setting up the coup from exile in the United States but the Islamic cleric retorts the president himself may have staged it

ERDOGAN. A handout picture provided by Turkish President Press office on July 19, 2016 shows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during his rally in Istanbul, Turkey, midnight July 18, 2016. Photo by Turkish Presidential Press Office/EPA

Turkey presses post-coup purge

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Turkey has so far detained over 7 500 people and sacked almost 9 000 officials in its relentless purge of suspected plotters

BACKING ERDOGAN. A Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15. Aris Messinis/AFP

Erdogan foe Gulen dismisses Turkey extradition bid

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Fethullah Gulen the spiritual leader of the Hizmet movement – dubbed a terrorist group by Erdogan – firmly denies Ankara s charge he was behind the coup bid

This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey army helped save Erdogan but risks losing clout

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:33 PM

Friday s events will like give Erdogan the chance to again clip the wings of the armed forces

TURKEY COUP ATTEMPT. Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges his backers to stay on the streets to prevent a possible flare up of Friday s chaos

People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

Erdogan enemy Gulen denies behind Turkey coup attempt

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:49 PM

I condemn in the strongest terms the attempted military coup in Turkey Fethullah Gulen says in a statement

INSULTING. Fethullah Gulen denies being behind the attempted coup in Turkey. Handout photo by Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily Newspaper/EPA

Erdogan seeks control after coup attempt in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:16 AM

UPDATED What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion They will pay a heavy price for this act of treason says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'TREASON'. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the coup attempt on Saturday, July 16, is a 'treason and a rebellion'. File photo by Jacek Turczyk/EPA

Turkey detains over 100 in new raids on Erdogan foes

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Those detained are accused of providing financing for US based preacher Fethullah Gulen who the Turkish government accuses of running a terror organization

NEW RAIDS. In this file photo, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the inauguration of the refurbishment works of the Turkey Square in Santiago de Chile, Chile, February 2, 2016. File photo by Sebastian Silva/EPA

Turkey police fire plastic bullets at opposition paper rally

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE The Turkish press has experienced one of the darkest days in its history says the Zaman newspaper

RAID. A handout picture released by the Zaman Daily News shows Turkish riot police raid Zaman newspaper building to take over the control, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 4, 2016. Handout photo by Talha Sertturk/Zaman Daily News/EPA

Top judge issues final anti-Erdogan broadside

Feb 11, 2015 - 7:37 AM

Constitutional Court chairman Hasim Kilic says the government s extraordinary interest in the court s affairs was undermining judicial independence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 23 January 2015. Ahmed Yosri/File/EPA

Turkey launches new raids over Erdogan eavesdropping case

Feb 09, 2015 - 8:58 AM

Istanbul prosecutors issue warrants for 21 police officers of whom 16 have been arrested so far

In this file photo, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), attends the funeral of the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 23 January 2015. Ahmed Yosri/EPA