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U.S. needs to choose between Turkey or Gulen: Erdogan

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 01:21

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says Washington will sooner or later have to make a choice between Turkey and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Across Turkey, rallies are behind held to in a bid to show solidarity after an attempted coup to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is mounting pressure on the U.S. to extradite Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan accuses of orchestrating the attempt. Outside the presidential palace in Ankara, he tells thousands of supporters that Washington needs to make a choice - either Turkey or "FETO", which is the abbreviation he uses to refer to Gulen's movement. Gulen denies he has any involvement. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Sooner or later, the United States will make a choice. Either Turkey or FETO. They will either choose the putschist terrorist FETO or Turkey, the democratic country. They need to make a choice." More than 240 people were killed and over 2,000 wounded in the failed coup attempt on July 15. More than 60,000 people have been detained, suspended or placed under investigation since then. Erdogan has made repeated calls for the country to be on high alert in the face of multiple threats.

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U.S. needs to choose between Turkey or Gulen: Erdogan

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 01:21