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Turkey dismisses 540 soldiers from naval, air forces over alleged links to failed coup
October 5, 2016 / 4:51 PM / a year ago

Turkey dismisses 540 soldiers from naval, air forces over alleged links to failed coup

People demonstrate outside Ataturk international airport during an attempted coup in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey dismissed 540 soldiers from its naval and air forces command over suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network, accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed coup in July, the defence ministry said.

In the latest of a stream of removals targeting those suspected of ties to the coup attempt, HSYK, Turkey’s highest judiciary board, removed 66 judges and prosecutors from duty.

On July 15, a rogue faction within the military staged an attempted coup in which more than 240 people were killed. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies government accusations he was behind the action.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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