Ankara orders 331 soldiers detained in Gulen probes – police

Turkey ordered the detention of 331 soldiers on Friday in two operations targeting alleged supporters of the Islamic cleric who Ankara says orchestrated an attempted coup two years ago, according to state media and Istanbul police. The raids were among the biggest targeting alleged followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen in recent months, Reuters said. They came less than two weeks before the expected lifting of emergency rule, which was imposed following the attempted coup on July 15, 2016. The probes were launched in dozens of provinces across Turkey against soldiers suspected to have been in contact with Gulen operatives, Anadolu reported.