Turkey issues arrest warrants for 31 military personnel over Gülen links

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for at least 31 military personnel over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, a religious group accused of orchestrating the 2016 failed coup attempt.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 16 provinces across the country to catch the suspects, including several soldiers on active duty, upon the order of Istanbul’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, Sabah newspaper reported.

Twenty of the suspects have been detained thus far, it said.

The Turkish government began sweeping purges of people it accused of links to the Gülen movement after surviving the July 2016 coup attempt. Its U.S.-based leader, Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, denies any involvement.

Ankara maintains the Gülen movement was behind the failed putsch and a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.