Turkish coup d'état attempt
The Turkish Justice Ministry demanded Washington on Sept. 13 arrest U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen over the July 15 failed coup attempt, sending the first temporary arrest request to the country, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Ankara accuses Gülen of giving the order for the failed coup attempt and commanding it, a charge he denies.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu have criticized an "unacceptable" statement by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara regarding the controversial appointment of trustees to a number of municipalities in Turkey's east on terrorism charges and the clashes that erupted in the aftermath.
The Turkish government appointed trustees to 28 municipalities on Sept. 11, replacing their elected mayors. The move was made by a decree law in the framework of the state of emergency declared in the wake of the bloody coup attempt of July 15.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continues to carry out a variety of duties to maintain security and stability across Turkey, the region and the world, while getting stronger with the removal of "traitors" from within its ranks, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has said in his written statement for the Eid al-Adha holiday.