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    A Turkish minister accused the US authorities of organizing a military coup attempt in Turkey, Haberturk TV reported.

    Turkish Labor Minister Süleyman Soylu claimed that Washington is behind the attempted coup in Turkey.

    "The US is behind the coup attempt. A few journals that are published there [in the US] have been conducting activities for several months. For many months we have sent requests to the US concerning Fethullah Gulen. The US must extradite him," he said.

    Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country. Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military. Later, Erdogan and other officials have blamed opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen staying in self-imposed exile in the United States and his supporters for the coup attempt. Gulen himself denied the allegations.

    The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.

    Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday requested his US counterpart Barack Obama to extradite Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been reportedly linked to the coup attempt.

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    • Hermes
      Obama must have gone out of his tiny little mind completely. What a fiasco.
    • james
      i hope erodgan realizes this too. turkey and the region would be better off without nato.
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      questfortruth
      Where would this guy EVER get the idea that the United Imperial States of America had ANYTHING to do with this coup?
    • Is it because I am black?
      Erdogan is getting sillier and sillier. Why should this peaceful and non-interventionist power that is the United States try to topple the democratically elected government of Turkey? I think Putin should give his friend a call and try to cool him down.
    • avatar
      Donny
      Holy Cow Batman! This is quite a 'turn of events'.
    • bugei009
      Any bets that some TNW Tactical Nukes will end up missing (aka stolen) & ISIS (NATO) will be threatening to use them ?
    • sukhoi47
      The self-coup by Erdogan.
      Now he can purge from Army all commanders against the invasion of Syria.
    • Volker_1
      In 9 out of 10 "Coup d'État" world wide, the USA were involved in the past.
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      jameskees
      The back-stabber back-stabbed by the Evil Master?
    • avatar
      justnfree
      There were very few coups in modern history that US didn't plan or back. Actually I don't remember any.
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