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December 8, 2016 2:02 pm

Turkish Minister: Self-Exiled Erdogan Foe Will ‘End Up Dying in US, Buried in Jewish Cemetery’

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Turkish Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu. Photo: Facebook.

Turkish Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu. Photo: Facebook.

Fethullah Gulen — the self-exiled Islamic preacher accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being behind the failed July 15 coup attempt against him — will “end up dying in the US and be buried in a Jewish cemetery,” a Turkish government minister said on Wednesday, according to a Hurriyet Daily News report.

“There is nothing left for FETO (the Turkish government’s acronym for Gulen’s movement),” Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu was quoted as telling the Turkish Parliament in Ankara.  “The US is also saying farewell to it…they cannot rise again.”

In an ongoing post-coup crackdown, Erdogan’s government has had over 100,000 Turks arrested or dismissed from their public sector jobs.

In September, Turkey submitted a formal request for the US to extradite Gulen, a one-time close ally of Erdogan turned bitter enemy who now lives in Pennsylvania.

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