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    A Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Turkey Removes Military Units From City Centers Following Coup Attempt

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    The Turkish authorities have finished removal of military units from Ankara’s and Istanbul’s city centers as a precautionary measure in the aftermath of the July’s failed coup attempt, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The relocation involved dozens of armored vehicles, tanks and equipment that were transported to military bases in central and southwestern Anatolia, Thracian province, Eastern Turkey and to the military base in Gaziantep, at the Syrian border.

    “The removal process in Istanbul and Ankara is completed. From now on, tracked armored vehicles will no longer be held in city centers,” Isik said as quoted by state-run Anadolu News Agency.

    About 4,000 military personnel have been dismissed, and over 40,000 people have been detained following the July 15 failed government overthrow. Over 240 people were killed in the attempted coup.

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