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Turkish police Turkey orders new wave of arrests
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  Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 70 soldiers they say are linked to preacher Fethullah Gulen
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  <strong>Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of 70 active soldiers over their alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric Turkey says is behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016, <a href="http://www.milliyet.com.tr/son-dakika-70-muvazzaf-asker-gundem-2647083/">Milliyet reports</a>. </strong>
  State prosecutors in the Konya province, in central Turkey, issued the arrest warrants based on statements of other army officials detained over links to Gulen. The suspects<a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-turkey-security/turkey-orders-detention-of-70-army-officers-over-gulen-links-milliyet-idUKKBN1HK0IT"> are believed</a> to have been in charge of student houses for the Gulen movement. Turkish Police also launched operations in 34 provinces across the country.
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  Turkish authorities have cracked down on Fethullah Gulen's followers after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. They have since then detained 160 000 people and dismissed almost as many civil servants, <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22853&amp;LangID=E">according</a> to the UN Human Rights Office. The European Union has condemned the arrests and <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/11/08/hr-declaration-turkey/">called</a> for Turkey to "safeguard its parliamentary democracy, including the respect for human rights, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and the right of everyone to a fair trial".
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  Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the U.S. since 1999, is the leader of a loosely organized social movement its members often call Hizmet ("service" in Turkish), and which Ankara views as a terrorist organization responsible for the failed coup. Gulen denies the accusations.
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