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Turkey Demands Obama Extradite Cleric


marketwatch articleThe following is an excerpt from Steve Goldstein, Jeremy C. Owens, and Joseph Adinolfi | July 16, 2016 | MarketWatch.com |

An attempted coup by the Turkish military collapsed Saturday as forces loyal to the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reasserted control in most areas. More than 250 people reportedly died in the coup attempt and more than 1,000 were injured. Thousands of military personnel were detained.

Late Saturday, Erdogan demanded that U.S. President Barack Obama extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric blamed by the Turkish government for fomenting the coup attempt, The Wall Street Journal reported. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has denied any responsibility.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a television appearance that 161 people had died. More than 100 participants in the coup were also killed, the Journal reported.

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