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Turkey presses ahead with crackdown on Gulen network

March 2, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, front, and Senegal's President Macky Sall speak during a joint news conference after talks in Dakar, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Erdogan is in Senegal for a two-day visit aimed at boosting the political and economic cooperation between the two countries.(Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of more than 150 military officers, teachers and trade unionists, as authorities press ahead with a clampdown against a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Anadolu Agency said Friday that detention warrants were issued for 16 navy officers — all of whom were later taken into custody. Seven were on active duty, while nine had been previously discharged.

Separately, Anadolu reported that 66 dismissed teachers and 72 members of a trade union were also ordered detained.

Turkey accuses Gulen of masterminding a military coup attempt in July 2016. Gulen denies the accusation.

Turkey launched a massive crackdown after the coup, resulting in about 50,000 arrests and the dismissal of more than 110,000 people from state jobs.

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