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    A part of the Turkish military has initiated the coup attempt in the country as it felt the national security had been threaten by President Erdogan's support of Islamists, Samir Aita, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forum opposition party told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova –"Globally, on the reasons why there is a coup, someone can say that the policy of Erdogan was very controversial and especially his unclear role in the support of some Islamist groups. This fact had upset the army in Turkey. The army didn't feel that Erdogan was seriously putting pressure on IS [Islamic State terrorist group, or Daesh in Arabic] as many sources has been indicating," Aita said.

    According to the opposition party member, as a result, the part of the military has felt that the national security of Turkey has been threatened.


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