Turkey orders detention of 222 military members over Gülen links

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The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday issued detention warrants for 222 noncommissioned officers as part of a large-scale crackdown on followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the latest report at least 141 of the suspects were taken into police custody after raids in 54 provinces and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC).

Turkey accuses the movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Since the coup over 17,000 soldiers have been dismissed from the Turkish military due to alleged links to the movement.

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