Jun 09 2018

Turkish Interior Minister warns of new coup attempt

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that Gülen movement suspects have revealed details of new coup plots and plans to assassinate Turkish officials, but added that the movement now lacks the strength to carry them out, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

“They have new coup and new assassination plans, but they don’t have the strength for them,” Soylu said.

“Every week the terror group leader gives them subliminal messages in order to keep his own group on its feet.”

The Gülen movement, which is believed to have been one of the principle elements behind the 2016 failed coup attempt, still believed it had the power to take over Turkey, Soylu said.

“The most dangerous ones are the crypto(-Gülenists). We are a noble but a naïve people,” he said.

However, “they talk a lot, but rarely act,” he added.

On the topic of rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Turkey was nearing their headquarters in the Qandil mountains, Soylu said.

“Qandil is now a close goal for us. We can take Qandil at any moment we choose,” he said.

With snap elections due on June 24, it would be a huge vote-winner to carry that out in advance of the elections.