Turkey orders arrest of 223 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: state media

President Tayyip Erdogan has used the abortive July 15, 2016 coup as a pretext to quash dissent in Turkey. (Reuters)
Updated 14 September 2019

Turkey orders arrest of 223 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: state media

  • Authorities are seeking the suspects across 49 provinces in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus
  • Ankara blames US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the failed putsch on July 15, 2016

ANKARA: Turkey has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016, state media said on Saturday.
Authorities are seeking the suspects across 49 provinces in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus, state broadcaster TRT Haber said. It said 100 of those facing arrest were from the army, while 41 from the air force and 32 from the navy.
Ankara blames US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, of masterminding the failed putsch on July 15, 2016. He has denied any involvement.
In the three-year purge since the coup attempt, more than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended from their jobs.
Turkey’s Western allies and rights groups have criticized the scale of the crackdown, saying President Tayyip Erdogan has used the abortive coup as a pretext to quash dissent.
Ankara has defended the measures as a necessary response to the scale of the security threat which Turkey faces, vowing to eradicate Gulen’s network.


Emirates airline resumes flights to 29 destinations

Updated 22 min 36 sec ago

Emirates airline resumes flights to 29 destinations

  • Connection flights for travelers from Pakistan will resume June 8
  • A number of destinations will resume on June 11, additional ones to follow as of June 15

DUBAI: Emirates airline announced the resumption of flights to 29 cities and transits through Dubai on Thursday
As of June 8, travelers from Pakistan’s Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad can book connection flights from Dubai to other destinations with the airline.
Flights to London’s Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Manila will resume on June 11. 
Emirates will offer 16 additional destinations starting June 15, such as Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane.
Travelers can also book flights to Asia Pacific, Europe or the Americas through a connection in Dubai if they meet travel and immigration requirements of the destination country.
The company said they are working with UAE authorities “to take a measured and phased approach to flight resumption and rebuilding connections between Dubai and the world.”