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    Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags and hold a portrait of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric with Turkish words that read: the Coup nation traitor, FETO (Feto is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen), during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Iraq to Suppress Activity of Institutions Linked to Gulen - Ambassador to Turkey

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    Turkish government asked Baghdad not only to close schools linked to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) but also to deal with other issues related to the organization, according to Iraq's ambassador to Turkey.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iraqi authorities have been requested to suppress the activities of institutions linked to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) made up of supporters of Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of being the mastermind of a recent military coup, Iraq's ambassador to Turkey said.

    "We contacted the respective departments to take the necessary steps on FETO activities in Iraq," Hisham Ali Akbar Ibrahim Alawi told the Anadolu news agency.

    According to the ambassador, the Turkish government asked Baghdad not only to close schools linked to the FETO but also to deal with other issues related to the organization.

    On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country, which was suppressed the next day. Over 13,000 people have been detained in connection with the coup. Ankara believes that US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters were seeking to overthrow the current government. The Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO)/Parallel State Structure (PDY) is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara.

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