Germany has granted refugee status to Turkish nationals who were stationed at NATO bases and applied for asylum amid Ankara’s wide scale crackdown on disloyal officials after a failed coup in Turkey last July, according to local media reports.
Turkey has launched an investigation to examine whether 17 prominent Americans could have links to the FETO movement of an exiled US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, which Ankara blames for last summer’s failed coup attempt.
Some followers of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen were involved in last summer's failed coup, yet evidence to suggest the entire Gulen movement or its leader were behind the plot is “anecdotal or circumstantial,” a UK Parliament report states.
After extending its state of emergency this week, Turkey has issued three decrees that have resulted in the dismissal of over 6,000 state and private sector employees. The new rules also allow the government to tighten control over the internet.
The man who assassinated Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov is "obviously" a member of the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, citing the killer’s background and connections as "proof".
NATO remains understaffed after Turkey initiated a massive crackdown on its military, a top alliance general said, voicing concerns about the wellbeing of the purged servicemen and insisting that the talented and capable officers had nothing to do with the failed July coup.