On July 15, a military coup attempt took place in Turkey. It was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the thwarted coup and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.
Ankara accused Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the United States since 1999, of playing a key role in the coup and has repeatedly called on the incumbent US administration led by President Barack Obama to extradite the cleric. Gulen has condemned the coup and denied the allegations.
Since July, Turkey has arrested hundreds of military personnel, activists and journalists on suspicion of links with the cleric.