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    In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa.

    US Has Not Assessed Gulen Group’s Involvement in Attempted Coup in Turkey

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    The United States has not conducted an assessment to determine if the movement of cliric Fethullah Gulen was involved in the military coup in Turkey, US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Monday.

    Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Any extradition requests for Gulen from Turkey, Toner said, would have to be based on legal analysis and emotion and drama needs to be removed from the process.

    "We [United States] have not made any assessment of Gulen’s group and their involvement in this attempted coup [in Turkey]," Toner stated.

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