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Erdogan plotted purge before coup, Brussels spies say

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AK Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Republic Square in Kırklareli

AK Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Republic Square in Kırklareli. (Kayhan Ozer - Anadolu Agency). Photo: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan / flickr.

PanARMENIAN.Net – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey planned to purge opposition forces in the military before July’s attempted coup, according to a secret EU intelligence report. The European intelligence contradicts the Turkish government’s claim that Fethullah Gülen, an exiled cleric, was behind the plot to overthrow the Turkish government. Ankara is seeking Gülen’s extradition from the US, The Times says.

The report by Intcen, the EU intelligence centre, concluded that the coup was mounted by a range of opponents to Erdogan and his ruling AK Party.

“The decision to launch the coup resulted from the fears of an incoming purge. It is likely that a group of officers comprising Gülenists, Kemalists [secularists], opponents of the AKP and opportunists was behind the coup. It is unlikely that Gülen himself played a role in the attempt,” said the report, dated August, 24, 2016, seen by The Times.

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