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US to help Turkey bring coup plotters to justice

Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 00:38

President Barack Obama has told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. will work with them to help bring those behind July's attempted coup to justice. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (September 4) that his administration would work with Turkey to help ensure that those responsible for an attempted coup in July are brought to justice. Obama and Erdogan met on the sidelines of the G20 summit underway in eastern China's Hangzhou city. Since the coup bid, Turkish authorities have suspended, detained or placed under investigation tens of thousands of people, including soldiers, police, judges, journalists, medics and civil servants, prompting concern among Western allies that Erdogan is using the events to tighten his grip on power. Erdogan vowed to rid Turkey of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers in the security forces, judiciary and civil service he accuses of orchestrating the attempted power grab and of plotting to overthrow the state. EU commissioner Johannes Hahn said in July he had the impression that the government had prepared lists of people to be arrested even before the coup took place.

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US to help Turkey bring coup plotters to justice

Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 00:38