Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
The exchange comes against the backdrop of Turkey closing its airspace, effectively grounding U.S. fighter jets that have been targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. "If we are strategic partners or model partners, do what is necessary", Erdogan said near his home in Istanbul.
Metin Mangir with the Los Angeles Turkish-American Association says Turkey has a history of bloody coups and he's glad his family in Istanbul is safe.
Dundar said officers from the Air Force, the military police and the armored units were mainly involved in the attempt. But Erdogan's government is blaming the chaos on the cleric, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue. Washington has never found any evidence particularly compelling previously.
Kerry told reporters Saturday, during a trip to Luxembourg, that such a request has not been received.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Turkey should "present us with any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny".
Gulen has permission to remain in the United States, but that could change.
Erdogan said he had warned President Barack Obama that Gulen was trying to destabilize Turkey. Furthermore, Turkey has maintained its membership in the group through past military coups. His movement, called Hizmet, includes think-tanks, schools and various media enterprises. The Erdogan regime has launched a broad campaign against Gulen's movement in Turkey and overseas, purging civil servants suspected of ties to the movement, seizing businesses and closing some media organizations.
Gulen himself has denied any involvement in the attempted coup. He died 35 years ago but remains the greatest influence on Turkey: he forged a secular, Westernised, democratic nation that is arguably the region's most successful, if not stable. He said he and his firm "have attempted repeatedly to warn the USA government of the threat posed" by Gulen and his movement. "But I have always prayed for myself and for him".
Protesters in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clash with local security and state police outside Gulen's compound. The Turkish strongman has advocated rewriting the constitution so that he would get significantly more powers, but the ruling party did not have enough votes to kick start the process.
"Once this cleansing is finished our military will be stronger, our soldiers will be stronger, providing better support and coordination to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", he said. Turkey plays a key role in US -led efforts against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.