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Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2018

Turkish Govt Launches Manhunt For Gülen Movement

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The government of Turkey has vowed to launch a manhunt for the members of Gülen movement, in the United States and other parts of the world.

Gülen movement is a transnational Islamic social movement that professes advocation of universal access to education inspired by the religious teachings of Fethullah Gülen.

Turkey’s presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin said during a press conference on Friday.

He said the Turkish government would continue its global manhunt for followers of the Gülen movement, stating that the operation could extend to the United States as well.

 “Relevant units would continue their operations against FETO just like the one in Kosovo, whether it be the in the US or any other country. “FETO” is an abbreviation for the Gülen movement coined by the Turkish government to label the movement, which it accuses of masterminding an abortive coup in 2016, as a terrorist organisation,” Kalin said.

The government spokesperson said relevant institutions would continue operations in the United States and other countries where FETO is noticed.

 “Our relevant units and institutions will continue their operations in the countries in which FETO operates whether it be the US or some other country. Rest assured that they will feel Turkey breathing down their necks. I can’t share any details, but anything can happen anytime, anywhere,” he stated.

According to Kalin, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had given a clear instruction to relevant authorities to conduct professional operations.

“Mr. President has given very clear instructions on this issue. Our relevant units are working very professionally. Operations similar to the one conducted in Kosovo can be carried out in other countries. Everyone should know that Turkey will not allow FETO to breathe a sigh of relief.”

Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) had in March abducted six Turkish nationals, one doctor and five educators, working for a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in Kosovo and rendered them to Turkey the same day.

The abduction of the Turkish nationals sparked a political crisis in Kosovo and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed the interior minister along with the secret service chief, Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), lamented the operation, saying that the abductees would face the risk of torture and abuse in Turkey.

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