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US Rejects ‘Absurd’ Allegations of Involvement in Turkey’s Failed Coup

© REUTERS / Murad SezerPeople pose with policemen after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016.
People pose with policemen after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The United States categorically rejects media allegations that the US government had any complicity in the failed coup in Turkey, US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The White House released a statement on Friday saying that the United States supported Turkey’s democratically-elected government, Toner noted.

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“It’s absurd some of the allegations that are out there, we’ve seen in some of the Turkish media and other media as well,” Toner stated. “It’s absurd to think that the United States was complicit or in any way connected to the events of Friday.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday that US President Barack Obama urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect democratic values during the investigation into Friday’s failed military coup attempt.

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Turkish officials have called on the Obama administration to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen for his alleged connection in the coup.

Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country. The coup attempt was suppressed by early Saturday. Nearly 300 people were killed and over 1,400 were injured.

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