Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Turkish President Says Coup Plotters Working with Kurdish Rebels

HeadlineAug 19, 2016

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused followers of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen of being involved in attacks by Kurdish militants that killed 10 people in the country’s southeast. Erdogan has already accused Gülen supporters of planning a failed military coup last month. But it is the first time he has linked the coup supporters to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, more commonly called the PKK. Turkey has fought a war against the PKK since the 1980s. Erdogan offered no evidence to back the claim, but called again on Thursday for the U.S. to extradite Gülen so he can stand trial in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “There is no need for further delay. The developments in our country are going toward a different direction. A strategic partner should not make things difficult for its strategic partner. On the contrary, they should facilitate.”

That was Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The State Department has said it is considering the extradition request.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation