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    US Security Relations With Turkey Not Diminished After Failed Coup - Obama

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    The July coup attempt in Turkey has had no impact on security relations between Washington and Ankara, US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On July 15, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup to ouster president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The attempt was suppressed the following day as more than 240 people were killed during and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.

    Ankara has accused dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.

    "We haven't seen a diminishing effect on our security relations. Turkey continues to be a strong NATO ally," Obama stated in an interview with CNN.

    The president noted that Turkey has gone through a "political and civil earthquake," but continues to work with the United States on defeating the Daesh terror group and other regional issues.


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