What You Need to Know About the Turkish Military Coup

Earlier this week, the Turkish Military attempted to overthrow their president and replace him and other leaders. The coup failed and there has been fallout in the wake of the attempt. Professor Ryan Vogel, the Director of National Security from Utah Valley University, shared a recap on Good Morning Utah.

Since the coup, Turkey has since dismissed over 24000 public service employees from across the government, including teachers, and detained another 9000 for their parts in the coup.  The president, Recep Tayipp Erdogan indicated that executions may take place for traitors.

"President Erdogan blames Islamic scholar Fethuallah Gulen, a permanent resident of Pennsylvania, for inciting and inspiring the coup.  Turkey is formally requesting his extradition from the United States and plans to try him for treason.  Gulen denies any role in the attempted coup," shared Vogel.
 
For its part, the Obama Administration has warned that Turkey must respect the law and its democratic institutions if it wants to remain a part of NATO.
 

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