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Turkey president Erdogan helping to carry the coffin of a victim of the attempted coup on Friday - photo by Telegraph Video / APTN
Turkey is beginning a military purge following the quashed coup in Ankara and Istanbul on Friday that left some 290 dead. At least 6000 military and government officials have been detained in connection with the plot. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has publicly accused Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup and claims there is a "parallel structure" within Turkey's government where he says some military leaders were taking orders from Gulen. 


Originally from Turkey, Gulen now lives in Pennsylvania, USA.

Erdogan has urged USA president Barak Obama to extradite Gulen back to Turkey. Gulen was once a supporter of Erdogan and now has a group of followers in Turkey who are called "Gulenists" and apart of the Hizmet Movement. 

Gulen has denied any connection to the attempted coup on Friday.


At one point, Turkey Labor Minister Suleyman Soylu accused the USA of being connected to the coup. 

USA Secretary of State John Kerry angrily denied any US-involvement with the plot and asked Erdogan for evidence before considering the extradition of Gulen. 

Some believe this incident will give Erdogan the justification to change Turkey's constitution to have him stay in power for longer.  

Vocabulary
purge (verb / noun) - to clean / a cleaning of unwanted parts to make the whole group better
quashed - it has been ended / stopped (easily and) immediately
detained - stopped from escaping; in custody of authorities
plot (noun) - plan

coup (French noun - "coo") - sudden seizure of governmental power by a rebel force
to accuse (verb) - to declare that someone is guilty of doing something wrong
to orchestrate (verb) - to carefully plan and direct
to claim (verb) - to declare to be true, usually without giving proof
to urge (verb) - to ask with much power and emotion
to extradite (verb) - to have one government's police send someone who is in their country back to the police in another country

justification (noun) - proving someone is right / correct in doing / being something
constitution (noun) - the laws in a country that protect the basic rights of the citizens


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Fethullah Gulen has denied any connection to the attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday - photo by Selahattin Sevi / AP
 
 
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(Ozan Kose / AFP/Getty Images)
Returning to Istanbul amid large crowds at Ataturk Airport, President Erdogan has said that the "government brought to power by the people is in charge," as political control seems to be restored in Turkey after a military revolt  and night of street protesting left 161 dead and many more injured. 

Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim said 2,839 plotters have been detained.

Vocabulary
amid (adverb) - among, in the presence of
in charge - in control
revolt (noun) - a fight against the leaders
detained - stopped from escaping; in custody of authorities

 
 
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Isis claims responsibility for the Nice truck attack - photo by Reuters
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The flag of Islamic State - photo by Reuters
According to news agency Amaq, which often supports their communications, terrorist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the Nice, France truck attack that saw 84 murdered and over 100 injured as a truck plowed through Nice's Promenade des Anglais on the Bastille Day celebrations. 

In the announcement, despite not naming him, ISIS called the attacker a "soldier of the Islamic State" and said ""He carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of states that are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State."

Vocabulary
to claim (verb) - to declare that something is true (usually without showing proof)
to plow (verb) - to go forward with full power
despite - even though
coalition (noun) - a (political) group of other (political) groups who work together

 
 
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Turkey's military has claimed power in Turkey - photo by CBC
Turkey's military has claimed that armed forces have "fully seized control" of Turkey's government, while President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that he believed the attempted coup would be over within a "short time" and that those responsible would pay a heavy price in the courts.

Erdogan remains at an undisclosed location where he urged citizens to take to the streets in protest.

Vocabulary

to claim (verb) - to declare that something is true (usually without showing proof)
to seize (verb) - to take using force
to pay a heavy price - to receive a severe punishment
undisclosed (adjective) - not told to nor known by the public; secret
to protest (verb) - to publicly complain and oppose something


 
 
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Attempted military coup in Turkey - photo by AFP
Turkey prime minister, Binali Yildirim has told NTV television  that a faction of Turkey's military has attempted to overtake the Turkish government in a coup. 

Yildrim said, "There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy."

There are also reports that Turkey's top general has been taken hostage. 


Vocabulary
faction (noun) - a small dissenting group out of a larger whole group
coup (French noun - "coo") - sudden seizure of governmental power by a rebel force
top (adjective) - highest
to take hostage (noun) - to take (kidnap) as a prisoner