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Turkey Responds to Trump Pressure: Arrest of Christian U.S. Pastor ‘Legal’

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry responded Thursday to President Donald Trump’s characterization on Twitter of the arrest of American Pastor Andrew Brunson as a “total disgrace,” insisting that his prolonged detention is a “legal process” necessary for the country’s national security.

Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian

Photos: Turkey Prepares to Observe Failed Coup Anniversary

Turkey will observe the anniversary of a failed coup attempt against Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with nationwide “Democracy Watch” marches beginning at midnight on July 15. The government has scheduled events to commemorate the occasion all week, however, including art exhibits, memorial debuts, and a speech from Erdogan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony marking the last year's failed coup, at the Bestepe People's Culture and Congress Centre in Ankara, on July 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish Government Conspiracy Theory: Gulen Tied to CIA, Other ‘Intelligence Agencies’

Turkish government agencies are competing with each other to most ardently accuse Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen of sowing chaos throughout Turkey’s infrastructure. The latest salvo in the contest comes from the National Intelligence Agency (MİT), which released a report this week claiming Gulen has forged ties with “intelligence agencies” that include the CIA.

Police officers escort people, arrested because of suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining hundreds of people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The suspects are allegedly Gulen operatives who directed …

Torture Appeared Widespread After Turkey Coup: UN Expert

Measures taken in Turkey after the July 15 coup attempt created an “environment conducive to torture”, and ill treatment appears to have been widespread immediately after the failed putsch, a UN expert said Friday.


MEPs Demand Freeze on Turkey Accession Talks

Members on all sides of the European Parliament have called on the Commission to halt accession talks with Turkey thanks to its questionable human rights record, which has deteriorated following an attempted coup earlier this year.


Turkey to Deport French Journalist Detained in Southeast

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities will deport a French journalist who was detained while conducting an interview in the southeast near the border with Syria. Anadolu Agency says 52-year-old Olivier Bertrand was detained Friday in Gaziantep for

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 31: People protest outside the Cumhuriyet Newspaper office after thirteen journalists including the editor-in chief were arrested on October 31, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish prosecutors office has accused the journalists of helping the PKK and the Gulenist terror organisation. The opposition newspaper is Turkey's …

U.S. Official: Gulen Islamic Schools ‘Organized Crime,’ Not ‘Benign Religious Movement’

An unnamed “senior U.S. State Department official” told reporters Tuesday that American law enforcement evidence suggests that Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen operates his charter schools like an “organized crime” syndicate, not a religious group, and that Turkey’s demands to extradite Gulen for criminal activity “may have some merit.”

U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo

Turkey’s Military Is Down over 100 Thousand Troops After Failed Coup

The purge of suspected supporters of the July 15 failed coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left Turkey’s military down hundreds of thousands of men, including nearly 200 generals, just as Erdogan seeks an expanded role in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

By Tulay Karadeniz and Yesim Dikmen | ANKARA Turkish shelling killed 55 Islamic State insurgents in northern Syria on Saturday, military sources said, in retaliation for weeks of rocket attacks on a Turkish border town. Artillery fire hit the regions of Suran and Tal El Hisn north of Aleppo, as …

Turkish Prosecutor Coup Indictment: Gulen, Like Mormons, Is a CIA Project

In an official indictment against individuals allegedly tied to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish prosecutor has argued that Gulen’s Hismet organization is a CIA project and compared it to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and the Church of Scientology.

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EU Enlargement Chief Urges Turkey Address Criteria For Joining Block

VIENNA (Reuters) – EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has called on Turkey to address the “open question” of whether it was willing to meet the criteria to join the European Union since the uncertainty was straining its relations with the bloc.

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Turkey Arrests Journalist for Tweet Labeling Intel Head as Coup Suspect

The crackdown on journalists and media outlets with unfavorable outlooks towards the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues in Turkey, where a Hurriyet reporter has been arrested for tweeting a rumor that the head of Turkey’s intelligence agency had been a suspect in last month’s failed coup.


EXCLUSIVE: Arab Intel Expects Turkish ‘Retribution’ Against U.S.-Based Cleric Gulen and His Loyalists

TEL AVIV – Intelligence agencies in several Arab states suspect the Turkish regime may attempt an assassination campaign against people affiliated with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch enemy Fethullah Gulen as well as other opposition figures that Erdogan believes may have been involved in last month’s failed coup attempt, an Arab intelligence source told Breitbart Jerusalem.

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Turkey: Nearly 100,000 Fired, Detained, or Arrested for Ties to Failed Coup

The Turkish government has released new numbers on those it has dismissed from government jobs in the past month following a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 76,000 detained and more than 16,000 arrested for suspected ties to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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CAIR Leaders Cheer Islamist Erdogan’s Coup Survival

Nihad Awad, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive director, is in Turkey this week. It isn’t clear why, but Awad is taking advantage of his travels to post upbeat photographs celebrating that country’s recent failed military coup.


Islamist Erdogan Accuses West Of ‘Supporting Terror’

(AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday launched his most bitter attack yet on Turkey’s Western allies over the July 15 attempted putsch, accusing them of supporting both “terror” and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him.

Supporters stands in front of a screen displaying a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a rally in Ankara on July 20, 2016

Turkey: Is the Gülen Organization a Cult?

Note: Robert Amsterdam is a Canadian attorney based in London who has represented government officials, corporations and human rights activists around the world. He is working with the Turkish government on litigation involving Gulen. In the aftermath of the violent attempted military

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