Turkey issues detention warrants for 128 more soldiers on coup involvement allegations

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Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued detention warrants for 128 military members in İstanbul and Ankara, part of a crackdown on alleged members of the faith-based Gülen movement that has been ongoing since a failed coup in 2016.

The warrants allege that the soldiers made phone calls using pay phones, considered by the government to be a link to the movement within the military.

The movement and its leader, Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, have been accused of orchestrating the abortive putsch, an allegation they strongly deny.

Authorities believe the soldiers used pay phones for secret communications for fear that their cell phones might be tapped.

As part of the detention operations, police raided the homes of the active duty soldiers.

Turkey has been pursuing a massive purge within the military on coup involvement allegations.

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