September 23, 2021

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“Are you directly involved in the coup?” Tensions between the United States and Turkey

“It is clear that the United States was behind the events of July 15, and the FETO movement carried out the attack following their orders,” Solomon Choil told reporters on Thursday.

The direct involvement of the United States was confirmed

Choi was asked to describe his earlier report on US involvement in the plot in Haber on Tuesday.

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In an interview with Hurriet, the head of the Interior Ministry, he said that unlike his colleagues in the Justice and Development Party (AKP), he never believed that the FETO-led FETO movement had carried out the coup attempt. Fethullah Kulan, an Islamic cleric, was deported to the United States.

Contrary to the official story, Choil “firmly believed that the United States was directly involved in the preparation of the plot.”

The apartment department responds

The words of the Turkish Minister met with a decisive response from the Foreign Ministry.

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“Such allegations, which are said to be responsible for the events in Turkey, and any other unsubstantiated allegations against the United States are inconsistent with Turkey’s status as an ally of NATO, which shares a strategic partnership with the United States,” the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

On the night of July 15/16, 2016, a group of officers from the Turkish Armed Forces launched a coup attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The plot was foiled. Attempts to overthrow the authorities killed about 250 people and injured more than 2,000.

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Tension on the Ankara-Washington line

In total, 55,000 people have been arrested since the coup attempt, according to various sources. About 80,000 people have been prosecuted, and about 150,000 others have been fired from government jobs, including military personnel, as part of the crackdown on the Fethullah Gulen Network Fetto, officials said, adding that officials were preparing the plot.

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Kulan, a former ally of Erdogan who has voluntarily lived in Pennsylvania in the United States since 1999, continues to deny involvement in the plot. For years, Erdogan accused Kulan’s supporters of infiltrating the Turkish police, military, judiciary and other state institutions and creating a “parallel state.”

Thursday’s announcement by the head of the Turkish Interior Ministry and the Foreign Ministry ‘s quick reaction was another installment of the controversy over relations between Ankara and Washington since Joe Biden took office.

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On Wednesday, the State Department responded to the crackdown on student protests after the appointment of Melih Bulu, a lecturer and party official associated with the AKP, as president of Bokassi University in Istanbul.

This week, about 300 people have been arrested in connection with the protests. Most of the students and lecturers were released, but 11 are under house arrest, Turkish officials said. In Ankara, 69 protesters were arrested on Tuesday, state news agency Anatolia reported.

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Earlier this week, students shared a poster on social media featuring LGBT symbols and the holy site of Islam, the Al-Qaba Temple and the Sanctuary in Mecca.

“There is no such thing as LGBT”

The poster was condemned by Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Choil. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the LGBTQ community of “terrorism” and said the attitude of the community’s representatives was contrary to Turkey’s religious and cultural values.

Erdogan insisted in a televised address on Wednesday that “there is no such thing as LGBT.” “This country lives in harmony with morality and will go to the future with faith in traditional values” – he promised.

U.S. Diplomatic Spokesman Netflix issued a statement on the same day stating that “the United States has always made the defense of human rights a priority and will support all those who fight to respect them.” In this context, a spokesman unequivocally condemned the attacks on sexual minorities in Turkey.

rsr / PAP

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