Turkey in fresh war of words with US over coup plot accusation

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Sat, 2021-02-06 03:36

ANKARA: Turkey has reignited its war of words with the US after a senior Turkish minister accused Washington of being behind the country’s failed 2016 coup.
Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, blamed the US for orchestrating the failed overthrow attempt and for hosting preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been accused of controlling the uprising through a deep cover network hidden within the Turkish state.
Washington further fanned the flames in statements claiming that Turkey initiated a “disproportionate crackdown” on domestic student protests.

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, blamed the US for orchestrating the failed overthrow attempt. (AFP/File)
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