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Turkish state turning on Gulenists

Turkey’s National Security Council decides to purge Gulenists from state organs, making it no longer just a struggle between the Gulenists and the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the National Security Council meeting in his car at the Presidential Palace in Ankara February 26, 2014. Erdogan accused his enemies on Tuesday of hacking encrypted state communications to fake a phone conversation suggesting he warned his son to hide large sums of money before police raids as part of the inquiry.    REUTERS/Stringer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3FQKO

The conflict between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and penetration of the hierarchical judiciary by the US-based Gulen movement (Cemaat) is escalating by the day. It would be misleading to see this clash as solely between the government and the Cemaat. The decisions at the last meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) indicated that the entire Turkish state was determined to purge the state of Gulenists. It is no longer a Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan versus Gulen clash, but the Turkish state versus Gulenists.

In that critical meeting of the NSC, decisions were taken on measures to cleanse the state from the “parallel body” built by the Gulenists. In the meeting chaired by President Abdullah Gul the outcome was a firm decision for all-out combat against efforts for a parallel state. The strategy for the struggle will have three main prongs:

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