Turkish intelligence discharges 180 personnel

Turkish intelligence discharges 180 personnel

As many as 180 personnel discharged over accusation of having links to July 15 military coup attempt

News Service Yeni Şafak
The National Intelligence Organization of Turkey (MIT) has suspended 180 personnel following the foiled coup of July 15, which was aiming at toppling the democratically elected government.

MIT personnel were discovered to have been inactive before the discharge.

Before MIT, Turkey's Prime Ministry suspended almost 260 personnel , including 257 individuals of 230 clerks, six advisers and two legal advisers.

In a separate operation in Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, 492 people were suspended from duty over the attempted strike to democracy.

The deadly coup attempt occurred late on July 15 when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country's democratically elected government.

At least 208 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.

The government has said the attempted coup was organized by followers of the leader of the FETÖ/PDY terrorist organization Fetullah Gülen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the so-called parallel state.


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