Jun 26 2019

Over 2,000 officers dismissed in Turkish military crackdown since emergency rule – AA

The Turkish military has dismissed 2,049 officers and stripped 276 retired officers of their titles since the country’s a two-year emergency rule following the failed coup attempt in 2016 came to an end last year, state-run Anadolu New Agency reported on Wednesday.

The Turkish government accuses Gülen movement, a religious group, of orchestrating the coup attempt to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

After the failed putsch, the government used emergency powers to summarily dismiss more than 130,000 public sector workers it deemed to have links to what it said were terrorist organisations, including the Gülen movement, or other groups posing a threat to national security.

Since the end of the emergency rule last year in July, the Ministry of Defence has been conducting an investigation into Gülen-linked officers in the army and taking measures against the group, including dismissals.

By December 2018, a total of 15,242 military officers were dismissed due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement while 5,783 former military personnel were also arrested on grounds of their alleged involvement in the averted coup, according to the European Commission.