Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States government of organizing the attempted coup on Friday, and has promised to avenge their actions.
According to life.ru, Erdogan said that those who organized the rebellion “were friends standing in front of him”.
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He told military commanders in a speech in Istanbul that they must ensure that they are the guarantor of security in the country.
“All military commanders – I believe in you. You are the security of our people. Those who carried out the coup – were your friends, but, unfortunately, they are not guided by the same principles. The command they received came from Pennsylvania“, he said.
The Turkish Prime Minister declared that any nation that stands by the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen should consider itself at war with Turkey.
He said: “Any country that protects Fethullah Gulen will be an enemy to Turkey.”
According to life.ru:
BREAKING: Secretary of Labor Süleyman Soylu live on news channel Haberturk: "The US is behind this coup" pic.twitter.com/khqdbUw7re
— Turkey Untold (@TurkeyUntold) July 16, 2016
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Moderate cleric Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been a constant scapegoat for Erdogan who has accused him of trying to establish a “parallel state” to rival his own fiefdom.
The statement by Mr Yildirim will be seen as a thinly veiled threat to America to give up Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile at a religious retreat, or face diplomatic or even military consequences.
Gulen, the founder of an Islamic movement which carries his name, promotes a brand of the religion which promotes belief in science, interfaith dialogue and multi-party democracy.
US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed to reporters today that America has not yet received a request from Turkey to extradite the religious leader.
However, there are reports today that Turkish authorities have shut off access and power to an air base used by US jets bombing Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria as tensions escalate.
The US embassy released a statement saying: “Be advised that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut. Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored.”
Gulen is a long-time opponent of tinpot leader Erdogan, who has accused him and his movement of fuelling insurrection and trying to establish its own institutions to overthrow the Government.
He has issued a statement denying any involvement in the coup and condemning the attempt to overthrow Erdogan, who he was once close friends with.
In it he said: “I condemn in the strongest terms the attempted military coup in Turkey. Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force.
“As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.”
He now lives at the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center, a compound in Saylorsburg, in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.
The Turkish chief prosecutor has claimed that followers of the cleric within the country’s army launched the coup out of desperation after realising that their sympathies were about to be discovered.
In a statement read out on TV during the coup attempt the leaders of the coup, whose identities are not yet known, said they wanted to return Turkey to being a secular democracy, adding that Erdogan had eroded the constitution set down by its first president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Today US Secretary of State John Kerry said that America has not yet received a request to extradite Gulen.
Speaking to reporters in Luxembourg, he said it was his understanding that order had now “been restored” in Turkey and added that he hoped “constitutional process” would be followed in dealing with the plotters.
Mr Kerry also issued a statement of support for President Erdogan, saying that the US “stands squarely for democratic leadership in Turkey”.
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