Failed Coup Attempt May Have Cost Turkey $100 Million
Aug 12 2016 by Desiree Burns
"Those we considered friends are siding with coup-plotters and terrorists", the president said.
Turkey deserves better understanding from European partners about the "outrageous" failed coup, the head of Europe's top human rights organization said Wednesday, amid complaints from Turkish leaders that Western allies have not shown solidarity with the government.
Turkey's justice minister sent a document to the United States Tuesday seeking the arrest of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and whom Ankara accuses of instigating an attempted coup on July 15. Ankara has demanded Gulen's extradition, but Washington is asking for evidence of the cleric's involvement and says the extradition process must be allowed to run its course.
Dunford also paid a visit to the Incirlik Air Base, a strategic platform in the city of Adana which houses a huge North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nuclear arsenal and is used by the United States to carry out airstrikes against Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
Following the coup attempt, Turkey's main stock index, the Borsa Istanbul 100 remains about seven percent lower than it was prior.
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At a small protest held near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, demonstrators held up placards reading "Dunford go home, send us Fethullhah", and "Get out coup plotter Dunford".
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also said he will drop insult lawsuits against him, as a gesture toward the opposition as they seek to forge better relations in the wake of a failed July 15 coup.
"Bravo! The courts in Germany work very fast!" Almost 70,000 people have been suspended from their jobs on suspicion of being involved in the movement, which runs schools, charities and businesses internationally. He said that Turkey had previously also handed Germany a list of over 4,000 wanted militants without having any response.
Dunford, who is the first global leader to visit Turkey since the coup, said his meetings with Yildirim and other Turkish officials, including Chief of the General Staff General Hulusi Akar, were positive and "not accusatory at all".
TurkishDeputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also said that Turkey was considering the restructuring of its intelligence services. About 18,000 people have been detained or arrested, a lot of them from the military, and authorities have said the purge will continue.