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Policemen stand atop military armoured vehicles after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016.

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for its former global football star striker Hakan Sukur as it probes last month's failed coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said.

Turkish authorities have arrested, detained or dismissed tens of thousands of people, including military personnel, civil servants, judges and teachers, following the July 15 coup bid which President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed on a network led by a US-based cleric.

Later Thursday, the State Department said it remained in close contact with its Turkish allies to fight Daesh and would welcome it if Russian Federation were really interested in taking the fight to the militants.

Turkish officials have been angered by what they see as the West's focus on the crackdown on alleged coup sympathisers and a perceived lack of sympathy over the violent coup in which 240 people were killed.

Turkish officials say two military attaches fled from Greece to Italy, and other diplomats are on the run after being recalled as part of the post-coup investigation.

On Thursday, Turkish officials representing the army, intelligence agencies and the foreign ministry were in Russian Federation for talks on Syria, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Two civil servants based in Bangladesh, meanwhile, are understood to have travelled to NY.

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Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for years, denies any part in the putsch.

A warrant on identical charges has also been issued for his father, Selmet Sukur, the agency said.

Erdogan demands the cleric be extradited to Turkey, saying Washington must chose between Turkey and Gulen, in a case that has strained Ankara's relations with Washington.

Both groups said the strikes were launched by Russian jets, though it was not clear how they made that determination.

The Russian military sent long-range bombers to strike a series of Islamic State targets in the group's de facto capital of Raqqa on Thursday - a fresh round of airstrikes that Syrian activists said killed at least 20 civilians and came amid Turkish calls for greater cooperation with Moscow against the extremist group.

Given that Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is now staying in Istanbul, no meeting with has been put on the agenda of Zarif's visit to Turkey. "We have an extradition agreement", he said. "The world powers may not be able to agree on a solution to the Syrian conflict, but surely they must be able to agree on steps to ensure that those who attack hospitals will one day face justice", he said.

Despite the purge of the military, including almost half of the country's generals, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday that Turkey's role in the US-led coalition against Islamic State would continue without interruption.

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