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July 20, 2016 8:53 am

Turkey Suspends, Detains More Than 50,000 in Purge After Failed Coup

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A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan, pictured, said the government was preparing a formal request to the United States for the extradition of Gulen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.

Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria’s chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State.

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