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Detention warrants issued for 26 Turkish Land Forces personnel over Gülen links

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday issued detention warrants for 26 members of the Turkish Land Forces as part of a post-coup crackdown on followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office, 25 noncommissioned officers and one lieutenant were accused of secretly communicating via pay phone.

Police detained 20 of those being sought in raids in 14 provinces.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, although the movement strongly denies any involvement.

As part of a post-coup crackdown targeting followers of the movement, some 140,000 public servants were dismissed by the government decrees and more than 600,000 people were investigated on terrorism charges.

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