Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan

Coup Purge: Turkey Ousts Only Christian Mayor

The only Christian mayor in Turkey, a U.S. NATO ally, has been removed as part of a purge by the ruling Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an abortive coup earlier this year.

Februniye Akyol(25), Co-Mayor of the southeastern city of Mardin, TURKEY 27/02/2015 /LEJOURNAL_103130/Credit:EMIN OZMEN/LE JOURNAL/SIPA/1503111047 (Sipa via AP Images)

Iraqi Kurds Take Over Islamist Cleric Gulen’s Schools

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has decided to assume control over all the schools in its jurisdiction linked to the religious movement led by imam Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish President Recep Erdogan blames for the failed coup attempt against him.

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

Turkish President Suspends, Arrests 50K-Plus People After Failed Coup Attempt

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has either suspended or detained nearly 50,000 people as part of a purge of the army, police, and the courts that expanded to universities and schools in the wake of a failed military coup attempt, according to the country’s intelligence service and religious authorities.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. The chaos Friday night and Saturday …