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Turkish authorities order detention of 158 military personnel over suspected links to failed 2016 coup

06:24 PM Oct 19, 2021 | ANI

Turkish authorities ordered the detention of 158 military personnel over their suspected links to a failed coup in 2016, the NTV broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

Security forces launched wide-scale operations across 41 provinces simultaneously upon the order of the prosecutors in Turkey's western province of Izmir and detained 97 suspects, according to the report.

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Prosecutors concluded in their investigations that the suspects, including soldiers on active duty and former military school students, have alleged connections with the network headed by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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The Turkish government blames Gulen and his network for masterminding the coup bid in July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

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