Turkey Accuses US Of Being Behind Military Coup, Demands Extradition Of Cleric Gulen

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When earlier today we reported that Turkey has closed the airspace above, and suspended all US-led air missions out of the giant Incirlik airbase (which houses some 50 US nuclear bombs), we said that there is speculation the "airbase may be held "hostage" by Ankara as a bargaining chip ahead of demands for the extradition of Erdogan's arch enemy, Fethullah Gulen, currently a resident of the state of Pennsylvania." A few hours later this was partially validated when during a televised speech, Turkish President Erdogan called on the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of being behind Turkey's failed coup attempt.

 

At roughtly the same time, Turkey's Minister of Labor went one step further, and accused America of being behind the coup on live Television, as it was harboring Gulen.

To be sure, as we wrote first thing this morning, Gulen, who is currently residing in Saylorsburg, Peynnsylvania, said he condemned the coup “in the strongest terms.”

Gulen, as those who have followed recent Turkish history know, is Erdogan's quasi-imaginary bogeyman nemesis; Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen of plotting a "parallel state" whose intention is to overthrow Erdogan, and has used that strawman narrative as justification to expand his powers and to push for a shift from a parliamentary to a presidential regime. Gulen wrote in his blog that "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."

Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, PA

None of this mattered to Erdogan who said as Turkey's strategic partner, Washington should meet the demand for the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Fethullah Gulen. He also added that Turkey had never turned back any extradition request for "terrorists" by the United States, implying it is the US imperative to extradite the man Erdogan accuses of starting last night's failed coup.

As Reuters adds, Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Saturday he had made clear in a call with U.S. counterpart John Kerry that followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen were behind a coup attempt, and yet strangely enough, "had not directly discussed the cleric's possible extradition."

The revisionist narrative spun by the Turkish government, goes as follows: a faction of the armed forces, deemed by the government as loyal to Gulen, tried to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters overnight. As we learned previously, one hundred and sixty-one people were killed, including many civilians, in the ensuing violence. Allegedly up to 3,000 soldiers have been arrested, a paltry figure in comparison to the total size of the Turkish army, recently estimated at 315,000 personnel.

Cavusoglu said the military now needed to be "cleansed" of Gulenist influence. "Once this cleansing is finished our military will be stronger, our soldiers will be stronger, providing better support and coordination to NATO," he said.

In an indirect hint that the Incirlik airbase may indeed be held hostage, the minister said soldiers at the base in southern Turkey, used by the U.S. military to conduct air strikes against the Islamic State, had been involved in the coup attempt and that arrests had been made.

"Once these operations are completed, we will continue our fight against Daesh (Islamic State) with either coalition nations, or within the NATO framework, and resume our cooperation with NATO," Cavusoglu said.

But not sooner, and perhaps the delay may last as long as it takes for the US to respond to the extradition request.

Or maybe not.

As AP adds, a Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, said Turkey "has been preparing a formal application with detailed information about Gulen's involvement in illegal activities. After last night we have one more thing to add to an already extensive list." And, more to the point, no formal extradition request has been made yet.

Which means that Erdogan may be merely doing more of what he is so good at: populist pandering while using foreign scapegoats to further cement his authoritarian status.

Furthermore, the truth is that Erdogan has little to gain from the extradition of Gulen, who has absolutely zero responsibility for what is increasingly likely a self-orchestrated coup. As we said earlier today, it benefits Erdogan far more to keep Gulen in the US - where he can use him as a perpetual scapegoat to "justify" his relentless power-grab - than to bring him home where his trial (and execution) would eliminate one of the biggest pretexts Erdogan has to be openly paranoid in public, and demanding ever more power.

John Kerry responded that the Obama administration it would entertain Gulen's extradition request, but he said Turkey's government would have to prove Fethullah Gulen's wrongdoing. Visiting Luxembourg, Kerry said Turkey hasn't yet requested that the United States send home Gulen, who left Turkey in 1999.

"We haven't received any request with respect to Mr. Gulen," Kerry told reporters. "We fully anticipate that there will be questions raised about Mr. Gulen. And obviously we would invite the government of Turkey, as we always do, to present us with any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny. And the United States will accept that and look at it and make judgments about it appropriately."

"I'm confident there will be some discussion about that," Kerry added.

We are confident that once the initial bluster passes, there will be no formal extradition request, and even if there is, Gulen will stay in his home in rural Pennsylvania: after all Erdogan has absolutely nothing to gain from such a move.

Meanwhile, in other news, Turkey’s Third Army Corps, Akin Ozturk, who was appointed as head of the Turkish air force in 2013, has been detained and will face treason charges, Reuters reports, citing a Turkish official. Local media have named Ozturk as the likely leader of Friday night’s coup attempt in Ankara.  Also detained by the Turkish police was Alparslan Altan, a member of the Constitutional Court and most senior judicial official among the scores detained so far in the wake of the attempted military coup, CNN Turk reported.

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Looney's picture

 

Gollum demands Gulen’s extradition!   ;-)

Looney

bamawatson's picture
FOLLOW the HUMA; destroy Cuntlary by exposing HUMA; Follow the HUMA----The declassified “28 Pages” released by Congress Friday afternoon concerning 9/11, terror funding, and Saudi Arabia contains a bombshell piece of information: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is specifically named as having connections to terror funding and support for a number of worldwide terror groups.

 the “Abedin family business” is an academic group called the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs that is based in the London offices of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and its parent organization, the Muslim World League.

 

Huma Abedin, born in the United States but raised in Saudi Arabia, has worked closely with Hillary Clinton since 1996 and is now Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and the vice-chairwoman of her presidential campaign. Abedin, who is married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, is also at the heart of the Clinton email scandal.

kliguy38's picture

this is a blatant lie to discredit the US........we have never been behind any coups EVER....how dare them try and blame our nation of this treachery......I'm enlisting today and lets got over there and get them

Looney's picture

Here’s my old post 'bout Huma-bitch:

“Crooked Hillary’s aide, Huma Abedin, has been sold to the public as being of Indian descent, but she is NOT.

According to Wikipedia, Huma, at the age of two, moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was raised and lived until returning to the United States for college.

It’s a mystery how and why she and Anthony Weiner got together and married each other, but they must have “sealed” their marriage through a tiny hole in a sheet of plywood.

Nowadays, Weiner is reduced to having sex with the same plywood sheet with a chalk outline of Huma’s body on it.  ;-)”

Looney

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Sounds like Turkey needs to be bumped out of NATO.  Hand over the crazy moozy for good measures.

mofio's picture

Gulen is an excuse. Erdogan knows the US as wagged by IS-rael-IS is behind the coup. And notice how the Nice, France terrorist incident occurred at the same time. NO COINCIDENCE there!

Warning to Erdogan: http://bit.ly/1SpGAhB

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) mofio Jul 16, 2016 3:10 PM

Following the visual evidence, we have 100 soldiers seizing control of two bridges, causing 1000 or so people to be forced out of their cars, with nowhere to really go except Taskim Square, where they were promptly handed hundreds of Turkish flags of identical size and shape on identically sized poles.  And this "popular uprising" consisting of a 1000 or so stranded motorists "took out" these coup plotters who were somehow under the impression that this was all a military exercise.  After this, we see the execution of a ready-made housecleaning list by Gollum himself.  This stinks like any number of the various sex acts described by urbandictionary.com that begin with the word "Turkish".

BaBaBouy's picture

New Turk Laws Coming ~~~ Facebook and Pokeymon Go Banned ~~~

BuddyEffed's picture

News like this indicates another all time record massive short squeeze must be in the works with new market highs!!!!!

Stuck on Zero's picture

I understand that Obama is "shocked and dismayed."

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Checkout Liveleak. There's some pretty nasty videos of civilians getting smeared by tanks and another video with some freshly mangled corpses. It looks legit... but I certainly concur that the whole affair looks like a staged event. It always helps galvanise the sheeple behind the dictator by providing a few innocent martyrs.

Cui Bono? Erdogan.

He's a cunning, ruthless bastard.

bruno_the's picture

Are these videos as good as the ones from Nice?

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Dame Ednas Possum Jul 16, 2016 4:31 PM

You said civilians, plural.  And it looks like this one civilian (singular) just went under between the tracks, surviving completely intact.  I am sure that Gollum provided plenty of corpses, though.

Tactical Joke's picture

If see ya was behind the coup, it wouldn't have failed. They're pretty good at this whole overthrowing elected governments thing. My guess is that this was a false flag by Turdogan to help solidify power.

WTFUD's picture

That would be smashing as it would most likely end Vichy DC's Demockcrazy Drive in Iraq & Syria and bring about the demise of their $$$$$$$ hegemony.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Sorry, but it could very well be Erdogan that staged the coup!

Stroke's picture

Weiner doesn't need Huma......He has plenty of sex with himself

fleur de lis's picture

If DC wanted him gone he would be gone.

This coup was bungled even by US standads.

Ergodan is now deteriorating into Stalinist paranoia.

If he lashes out at American interests in any way that is perceived as a remote threat, he will be gone.

With or without another coup.

WTFUD's picture

Bold statement fleur, you mean just like the Neocons want Assad gone? I'm no Erdogan fan but i can stomach him more than Hillary & Co.

HowdyDoody's picture

If the coup was US-run, then whoever they wanted to takeover from Turdigan would be even worse (1st law of US coups) than Turdigan.

 

fleur de lis's picture

I'm no Ergodan fan either, in fact I consider him a psycho.

My point is that he is there because DC wants him there.

If they did not want him there he would go the way of Saddam and Ghaddafi.

It is abundantly clear that DC does not want Assad, and they are willing to tear Syria to shreds in the attempt to remove him.

That 250,000 Syrians have been killed, and serial killers are running wild with our weapons, that carnage and bloodshed have replaced functioning societies, and refugees are moving in every direction at once is of no concern to our "leaders."

So please do not put anything past the DC degenerates.

If this coup were instigated by DC Ergodan would be in the cooler and someone else would be in charge.

JRobby's picture

You left out that HUMA has never had Weiner's weiner in her mouth. Or anywhere else for that matter. Oh, and she's a terrorist.

Hillary voters lurking here? (Laugh Track Deafening)

JRobby's picture

He will stay in PA protected by the Clinton faction of the SHADOW GOVT. Obama will nod in agreement like the lifeless puppet he is.

Top Hat's picture

Go, get the hell out!  The US needs to remove all troops, nukes and close all bases in Turkey.  Kick Turkey out of NATO.  Let the Russians have Turkey and let Putin re-establish Constantinople. 

Colonel Klink's picture

Himey!  But the clock is ticking until history rhymes again.

sun tzu's picture

It was a false flag operation by Erdogan to consolidate power ala the Reichstag fire. Now he has an excuse to purge the government of anyone who is not a radical Islamist. A CIA operation would have included foreign fighters pretending to be Turkish freedom fighters. Besides, the US does not overthrow radical Sunni dictators. It would upset the House of Saud. They only overthrow secular and Shiite governments.

xrxs's picture

So much going on, it makes your head spin. Certainly, Gollum using false flags and extraordinary means to consolidate power doesn't create too much cognitive dissonance. Blaming his 'friends' and 'benefactors' in Washington does, and then I came across this: https://www.rt.com/business/348613-gazprom-turkish-stream-gas/. Long volcanoes.

silverer's picture

I'll bet cleric Gulen can get into Germany.

El Vaquero's picture

<--Laugh

<--Cry

 

And Turkey is a fucking NATO country.  Talk about a liability. 

JRobby's picture

Why be accused of starting a nuclear war yourself when you can just leave the bombs lying around in an insanly unstable "ally" country?

Ms No's picture

And with all of those US nukes housed there?  Who will answer for having those in such an unstable country... nobody.  According to RT some soldiers are saying they thought the coup was a "drill".  Maybe they are trying to keep electrodes off of their balls... but maybe not.

"During the interrogations, some of the soldiers claimed that, initially, they had no idea that they were taking part in an attempt to topple the government, thinking that it was just a military drill."

https://www.rt.com/news/351639-turkish-soldiers-coup-exercise/

Dormouse's picture

With regard to the nukes, this wouldn't be the first time US hardware or personnel were compromised by this administration. Seal Team 6 and the Predator they practical landed for the Iranians.

JRobby's picture

Well of course they did! Just as CB's must provide asset inflation every year, the MIC must develop and sell new tech every year. We have shareholders to provide for damn it!!!!!!

HowdyDoody's picture

I don't think the US needs the likes of Turdigan to have nuke mishaps. In 2007, 6 cruise missiiles are with variable yield nuclear warheads went 'missing' from Minot AFB. Just one of those things I guess. Could happen to anyone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_United_States_Air_Force_nuclear_weapo...

JRobby's picture

Nice deflection try, but we already know they are in your basement.

WTFUD's picture

Military men are in general extremely competent and know the lie of their lands and so this amateurish failed coup had all the hallmarks of a Vichy DC led insurgency.

Colonel Klink's picture

If we did help with the coup, seeing that it was failing, we probably cut them loose just like we did at Bay of Pigs and so many other instances too.

Blankone's picture

A lot of different possibilities.  But, Erdogan has surprised TPTB, from the appearances of things.

At this time it appears - Erdogan is driving - and damn it's a fun little time! 

What else does he have up his sleave?  Wipe out the Kurds as members of the coup?  Invade some of the Greek islands?  Covert bombings on his border to clear the way and then herding 200,000 refugees across at once?  Declare this as a hostile attack by the US and close the strait to US warships?  Force the US to turn over his enemy and make a public show of his execution to make the US a less safe haven for others?  Turn to Russia and host Russian warheads? 

 

chunga's picture

Somehow Tyler seems pretty sure this guy in PA had nothing to do with it.

TheRealDrBill's picture

I caught that as well.  Evidently Gulen is a "strawman" CIA asset cum cult leader with a gigantic network of powerful people in Turkey rather than an acutal, flesh-and-blood CIA asset cum cult leader with a gigantic network of powerful people in Turkey.  Maybe he'll let us peek at his secret strawman detector decoder ring. 

JRobby's picture

He will have an accident shortly. I heard they are putting a large water feature in his yard free of charge

TBT or not TBT's picture

Gulen wants reformulate Islam.  So he is an apostate marked for death.  Nothing new with Islam, ever, other than recenterings around the psychotic barbarian sacred documents that are its core DNA.  

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

Erdogog had a horses head in his bed yesterday morning,

a soft reminder, don't apologize to Putin or else....

WTFUD's picture

Oh what a tangled web we weave . . . . . Obama has 3 faces that are no match for Erdogan's 5 faces. On a late thread last night Ms No commentated , paraphrasing, that God help those coup plotters should they not succeed. Turkish prison's don't serve couscous and lamb tagines as generally your teeth are dispensed with.

sun tzu's picture

I don't know about that. They were able to overthrow Mubarak and Ghaddafi with "popular" uprisings using foreign fighters. They have Assad on the ropes even with Russian support.