Fethullah Gulen

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants fired since failed July coup

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed amid a widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup in July, the country's Labour Minister said on Tuesday.

Turkey closes another 94 registered societies in coup aftermath

More than five months after a failed coup attempt, Turkish authorities have closed another 94 registered societies due to a "threat to public order."

Turkey detains 2,700 in terror probes in last two weeks

Turkey detained 1,682 people in the past week as part of raids against alleged Kurdish militants, Islamic State and followers of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, according to data from the Interior Ministry released Monday.

Almost 2,000 Turks suspended by Education Ministry over Gulen links

Turkey's Education Ministry has suspended a further 1,980 civil servants

Report: Turkey starts operation against high-ranking Gulen followers

Turkish police began an operation Thursday to arrest a number of high-ranking followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen, the country's Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey asks BiH to take action against schools connected with Gulen

Turkish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Haldun Koc has reiterated that his government demands that Bosnian authorities impose a ban on all organisations and institutions which Ankara believes to be connected with Fethullah Gulen,  a Turkish preacher, former imam and political figure suspected of the botched coup attempt of 15 July 2016, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily wrote on Thursday.

Erdogan calls for Muslim unity to fend off West-backed foes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused the West of aiding his foes to spread chaos in the Islamic world and urged unity among Muslim states to fend off their enemies.

Sarajevo councillors strip teacher of award due to pressure from Turkey

The city council of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday stripped a math teacher, employed in the "Bosna-Sema" school within the Fethullah Gulen foundation, of an award he was given a month ago for his contribution to the educational system, due to pressure from Turkey.

Trump advisor pushes for closer ties to Turkey and Gulen extradition

A key advisor to Donald Trump suggested Washington should improve its relations with Turkey and extradite a preacher whom Ankara blames for a coup attempt in July, as Turkish media expressed hope Thursday for a quick end to the issue straining ties.

Turkey arrests brother of wanted cleric Gulen

Authorities in western Turkey have arrested the brother of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States and is blamed by Ankara for a coup attempt, news agency DHA reported on Tuesday.

Turkey detains brother of cleric accused of orchestrating failed coup

Authorities in western Turkey have detained the brother of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of plotting a failed coup on July 15 against his government.

Turkey orders arrest of 121 members of Gulen-affiliated relief agency

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of 121 members of a relief agency affiliated with the US-based preacher who Ankara claims was behind a failed coup, state news agency Anadolu reported Tuesday.

Gulen: Blame for Turkey's July 15 coup lies with Erdogan

US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the July 15 attempted coup, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in fact behind it.

Turkey formally asks US to arrest alleged coup mastermind

Turkey's Justice Ministry formally requested that the United States provisionally arrest Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government in Ankara claims orchestrated the failed July 15 coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday.

Turkey arrests former newspaper editor over alleged coup support

A prominent journalist and his brother have been arrested in Turkey after allegedly spreading "subliminal messages" on live television one day before July's attempted coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey admits possible mistakes in post-coup crackdown

Mistakes may have been made during Turkey's widespread crackdown on the country's civil service in the wake of a thwarted military coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

Almost 50,000 more Turkish officials sacked after coup attempt

Nearly 50,000 additional civil servants in Turkey have been fired by decree, as the government continues its purge of public services following a July coup attempt.

Detention orders issued for 35 media workers, journalists in Turkey

An Istanbul prosecutor issued detention orders for 35 media workers, including journalists, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, saying that the accused have links to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Islamic Community taking over Gulen's schools in Bosnia?

The schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened with Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen's capital are expected to be left to the Islamic Community in Bosnia to manage, Bosnian media said on Wednesday, although there has been no official confirmation.

State Department confirms extradition request for Turkish cleric

The US State Department confirmed Tuesday that it has received a formal extradition request for the Turkish cleric accused of plotting a failed coup last month.

US delegation to visit Turkey for talks on Gulen

A US delegation will visit Turkey to discuss Turkish government accusations against Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, a spokesperson for the State Department confirmed Saturday.

Ahead of Biden visit, Turkey wants "temporary arrest" of Gulen

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he wants the United States to place Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed for plotting a coup, under "temporary arrest," ahead of a visit by Vice President Joe Biden next week.

Turkey seizes assets of 187 businessmen in post-coup crackdown

Turkish police carried out dozens of raids on Thursday against businesses in 18 provinces, with detention orders for 187 businessmen, broadcaster CNN Turk reported, as the crackdown in the wake of last month's coup shifts to the private sector.

Turkish journalist: Gulen and Erdogan should both be tried in court

The Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik has for years sounded warnings about the Gulen movement, though that doesn't mean he's a fan of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan either. He explains why he thinks Erdogan is also responsible for last month's coup attempt.

Turkish police raid Istanbul courthouses seeking 173 people

Turkish police raided three courthouses in Istanbul on Monday, searching for 173 people for whom detention warrants were issued in the latest wave of the post-coup crackdown.

Turkey wants crackdown on Gulen supporters in Berlin, mayor says

Turkey has tried to extend its post-coup crackdown to Berlin and influence the city's politics, the Berlin mayor told the Sunday edition of popular German tabloid Bild.

Turkish prime minister: 81,000 civil servants suspended since coup

Turkey has suspended or fired 81,494 state employees, including more than 3,000 soldiers, since the failed coup attempt last month, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, according to broadcaster CNN Turk.

Turkey ups political pressure on US to extradite alleged coup leader

Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag claimed Friday that the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States will be a "political decision" rather than a judicial matter.

Turkish court orders seizure of Gulen's assets across country

A Turkish court has ordered authorities to seize all assets in Turkey belonging to Fethullah Gulen, the preacher the government blames for the July 15 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday.

More than 17,700 arrested in Turkey since attempted coup

Turkey has detained 35,022 people, of whom 17,740 have been formally arrested under court orders, since the attempted coup last month, a government official said Thursday.

Erdogan urges businesses to purge, inform on Gulen supporters

Turkish businessmen should inform authorities about colleagues and friends they suspect of having sympathies for Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, calling on companies to purge the preacher's supporters.

Turkey detains 112 businessmen in latest raids after coup

Turkish police detained 112 businessmen in several provinces on Wednesday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, accusing them all of having links to a US-based cleric the government blames for the July 15 coup attempt.

Turkish minister sees "positive development" but warns US over Gulen

Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Tuesday there had been a "positive development" in interactions with Washington over efforts to have Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited.

Two constitutional court judges removed as Turkey purge spreads

Turkey removed two constitutional court judges on Thursday, as the government earlier in the day expanded its purge of suspects following the recent attempted coup to include the country's business community.

Sweden refuses to deport Turkish asylum seekers linked to opposition

Sweden will "for the time being" not deport Turkish asylum seekers linked to the country's political opposition in the wake of last month's attempted coup in Turkey, authorities said Wednesday.

Turkey, Pakistan discuss fate of Gulen organizations

Turkey and Pakistan Tuesday were in talks over the future of educational and cultural organizations linked to dissident preacher Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara has accused of involvement in last month's botched coup.

Indonesia rejects Turkey's request to close Gulen-linked schools

Indonesia has rejected a request by Turkey to close nine schools that the Turkish government said were linked to dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. 

Report: Prominent Turkish journalist denies any link to coup plotters

Nazli Ilicak, a prominent journalist and one of 17 reporters arrested after the failed putsch in Turkey earlier this month, has denied any links to the coup plotters, the Dogan news agency reported Saturday, citing sources.

Erdogan rival Gulen confident US will not extradite him to Turkey

Fethullah Gulen, an exiled religious leader blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for this month's coup attempt in Turkey, said in an interview Friday that the United States will not hand him over to Ankara.

Turkey demands Germany extradite followers of Erdogan rival Gulen

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demanded Thursday that Berlin extradite alleged followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen living in Germany, in a move that could strain already tense relations.

Turkish prosecutor alleges CIA, FBI helped Gulen with coup planning

A Turkish prosecutor filed an indictment against Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen on Thursday alleging that the CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US helped train members of his movement to plot this month's failed coup attempt.

Turkey detains nephew of cleric Gulen

Turkey has detained the nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based preacher the government blames for last week's failed coup attempt, state broadcaster TRT reports.

Conflict between supporters of Erdogan and Gulen spilled over to Bosnia

Gulen, a Turkish preacher and political figure, is the founder of the Gulen movement (known as Hizmet meaning service in Turkish), and he teaches a Hanafi version of Islam, deriving from Sunni Muslim scholar Said Nursî's teachings, perceived as moderate. Gulen,  who lives in United States, was accused by Erdogan of being the mastermind of the failed coup in Ankara last Friday.

State of emergency in Turkey aimed at cleric Gulen, supporters

A three-month nationwide state of emergency took effect Thursday in Turkey, aimed at pursuing the followers of the alleged coup ringleader, a government spokesman said.

German Gulen supporters: We are receiving death threats over coup

Supporters in Germany of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher exiled in the United States and accused by Ankara of staging a coup in the country, are receiving death threats from supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey sends dossiers on Gulen to US amid demands for extradition

Turkey sent the United States four dossiers on the Islamic cleric it believes was behind the weekend's failed coup attempt, according to news reports Tuesday, as the government seeks his arrest amid widespread dismissals in state institutions.

White House: US not "harbouring" Gulen, would consider extradition

The White House says the United States is not sheltering Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish preacher whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a coup attempt, and would consider an potential extradition request.

Kerry: US would weigh Gulen extradition request

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US would consider a request for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric based in Pennsylvania, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for the coup.

Erdogan calls on US to extradite preacher Gulen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to a crowd in Istanbul, calls on the United States to either arrest or extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric based in Pennsylvania, whom he accuses of being behind the coup attempt.