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Pentagon: No US Military Support for Turkey Coup

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Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook (Photo by Erkan Avci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Friday, 29 Jul 2016 04:52 PM

The Pentagon is flatly rejecting allegations by Turkey's president that the U.S. military was somehow involved in or in any way supported the recent failed coup in that country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the U.S. Friday and criticized a senior military commander who had expressed concerns that the coup could have longer-term impact on U.S. relations with the Turkish military. Erdogan says the U.S. was taking sides with coup plotters.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook says any suggestion that the U.S. supported the coup is absurd.

He says Defense Secretary Ash Carter received assurances from his Turkish counterpart that the fight against Islamic State militants won't be affected. The U.S. launches airstrikes, surveillance aircraft and other missions out of the Incirlik air base.

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The Pentagon is flatly rejecting allegations by Turkey's president that the U.S. military was somehow involved in or in any way supported the recent failed coup in that country.
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