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Tayyip Erdogan Accuses West of Backing Turkey Coup Planners

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 11:19 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of supporting terror and backing the planners of a failed July 15 coup attempt that killed more than 230 people.

Speaking from his palace in Ankara, Erdogan strongly criticized the United States for hosting U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom he has accused of masterminding the coup attempt, The Telegraph reported.

"I'm calling on the United States: what kind of strategic partners are we, that you can still host someone whose extradition I have asked for?" Mr Erdogan said, according to The Telegraph.

"This coup attempt has actors inside Turkey, but its script was written outside. Unfortunately the West is supporting terrorism and stands by coup plotters."

Gulen, 75, lives in exile in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He has suggested that Erdogan may have staged a coup himself – and used the fallout to crack down on dissent. The crackdown on dissidents continues, with more than 18,000 people detained so far, AFP reported.

The movement of Gulen followers, known as Hizmet, began in the 1970s. Followers have opened charter schools around the world, including more than 160 public charter schools in the United States, which Erdogan said are the main source of income for Gulen.

Erdogan also criticized Germany for not allowing him to address a weekend rally in Cologne and for failing to respond to his list of 4,000 wanted militants, AFP said.

The conspiracy theory that the United States is behind the failed coup attempt is widely held among Turkish citizens, The New York Times reported. About 69 percent of Turkish respondents to a pro-government newspaper poll said the CIA supported the coup, while 20 percent put the blame on the White House.

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