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    All units that housed the coup plotters' military equipment would also be closed down, Binali Yildirim said.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Akinci Air Base near the Turkish capital of Ankara that served as the de-facto headquarters for attempted coup plotters will be shut down, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday.

    "I declare to all who now stands on the square in Kazan [town northwest of Ankara]. This Akinci base, which nested the traitors, will be closed and we will turn it into a place for our martyrs who died for democracy during the coup attempt," Yildirim said.

    On July 15, a faction in the Turkish military attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Following its failure, Ankara launched a large-scale military, governmental, academic and media crackdown.

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