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Turkey Arrests People Possibly Linked to 2016 Failed Coup

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Turkey Arrests People Possibly Linked to 2016 Failed Coup

Turkey Arrests People Possibly Linked to 2016 Failed Coup

In 2016, a section of the military launched an operation in some large Turkish cities in an attempt to overthrow the government.

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Turkey Arrests People Possibly Linked to 2016 Failed Coup

Turkey has  ordered the detainment  of over 1,100 people because they're thought to have links to a failed attempted coup in 2016.  Let's dig into this a bit: In July 2016, a faction of the Turkish military  launched an operation  in some large Turkish cities in an attempt to overthrow the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

There were tanks and soldiers on streets, and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul — Turkey's two largest cities.  Civilians, loyalist soldiers and law enforcement opposed the attempted coup, ending it quickly.

Hundreds of people died and thousands more were injured in the process.  After the coup, Turkey declared a  state of emergency  that lasted for two years.

Tens of thousands of people were reportedly dismissed from their jobs or arrested under those emergency measures.  In 2017, almost 500 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government  stood trial .

At the time, it was described as the country's largest mass trial over the attempted coup.  Now, a Turkish Interior Ministry source told CNN there's a raid spanning 75 Turkish cities.

One state news agency says police have already arrested over 600 people with suspected links to the attempted coup.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .




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