Turkish president purges military after failed coup

Kerry Warns Turkey It Could Lose NATO Membership if Purges Continue

The U.S. -based cleric that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says is behind an attempted military coup in Turkey has denied any involvement, suggesting that the coup could have been staged by the president himself.

The EU and USA have urged Turkish authorities to show restraint and respect the rule of law in the aftermath of the failed coup on Friday (15 July).

The unrest in Turkey is being monitored by the British government as the country aims to restore stability in the wake of the attempted military coup, Downing Street has said.

"France has condemned the coup, you can't accept the military taking power", he said. At least 294 people were killed and more than 1,400 wounded.

With a cracked voice and tears, he repeated a question his grandson had put to him: "Why are they killing people?"

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says Turkish authorities' reaction to the failed coup needs to be "proportionate".

On Monday, Turkish prosecutors began questioning 27 generals and admirals.

"Those who bombed and fired shots against the people, those who attacked the people with arms cannot be described as Turks, but they are criminals and terrorists wearing army outfits".

Having come out of the situation as top dog - thousands answered his call to take to the streets to help bring the coup to a grinding halt - and overnight, Erdogan turned from villain to hero. "Let's hang them!" chanted the crowd in Ankara's central Kizilay square.

Turkey's Interior Ministry has fired almost 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following a foiled coup against the government, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Monday.

Today Turkish security forces are launching fresh raids in a relentless crackdown against the suspect coup plotters.

Johannes Hahn, the European Union commissioner dealing with Turkey's membership bid cast doubt on the speed at which the arrests were made.

Local media said that 34 generals of various grades had been detained so far.

In recent years, the government has moved to remove Gulen followers from the police and judiciary.

Anadolu said 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.

'At this stage, it appears the coup has failed, ' Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Sunday. Had they succeeded (with the coup) it is clear that these people would have been included into this business. "Therefore, anyone connected to this group will be exposed".

The government alleges the coup conspirators were loyal to moderate US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Mr Erdogan has often accused of trying to overthrow the government.

Erdogan has blamed Fethullah Gülen - a Turkish cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in the USA - for masterminding the plot.

Kerry said he "firmly urge [d] the government of Turkey to maintain calm and stability throughout the country" and to "uphold the highest standard of respect for the nation's democratic institutions and the rule of law". He strongly denies the government's charges.

U.S. President Barack Obama also said he was concerned by pictures depicting the rough treatment of the arrested coup plotters - some of whom were stripped to their underwear and handcuffed, the Telegraph reported.

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