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Shakeup in Turkey

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 01:52

President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejects Western criticism of purges underway in Turkey's military and other state institutions after a failed coup. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is what the presidential palace in Turkey looked like after an attempted coup earlier this month. And now comes the crackdown. Soldiers suspected of taking part in the coup have been taken into custody. The United States has said the purges were harming the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq by sweeping away Turkish officers who had worked closely with the U.S.. Journalists have been detained. Twenty one were brought to court in Istanbul Friday to give statements to prosecutors. They are among the 89 journalists whose detention was ordered by Turkish authorities this week. News organizations deemed friendly to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen -- who has been accused of masterminding the coup -- have been shut down Part of the aftermath after at least 246 people were killed and 2,000 injured in violence surrounding the mid July coup attempt. President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejects Western criticism of purges (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Instead of saying 'thank you' to my state which put down the attempted coup in my country, you are standing by the plotters. " After his narrow escape with his life he has words for his critics. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "They say they are concerned about the future. What are these gentlemen worried about? Will there be a rise in the number of those detained and arrested? If they are guilty, there will be. " This week Turkey announced a major shake-up of its armed forces, NATO's second largest. Some 99 colonels were promoted to the rank of general or admiral -- nearly 1,700 were given a dishonorable discharge over their alleged roles in the coup.

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Shakeup in Turkey

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 01:52