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Erdogan angles to tag Gulenists as a national security threat

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to include the Gulenist movement as a national security threat to Turkey.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowd in Istanbul August 10, 2014. Erdogan?said on Sunday the Turkish people had "shown their will" in a presidential election which local media and allies said he had won, but stopped short of formally declaring victory, saying he would make a full statement later. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR41VSV

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a lecture at Marmara University on Oct. 13, surprised the audience when he said, “When we convene the National Security Council [MGK] at the end of the month, my agenda will be to ensure that the National Security Policy Document addresses whatever threat there is against our country.” Erdogan’s remarks were interpreted to mean that the US-based Gulenist movement, which is accused of penetrating the state mechanism to set up a “parallel structure,” might be added to the list of “national security threats against Turkey.”

This is the first time Erdogan revealed that he would be taking his struggle with the Gulenists to a new level. Erdogan, as the commander-in-chief and the chairman of the MGK, appears determined to include the Gulenist movement as an “internal threat” in the National Security Policy Document, popularly known as “the Red Book” in Turkey.

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