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Erdogan vows to continue global manhunt for Gulen affiliates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told supporters that his government will not stop pursuing those it claims are responsible for the 2016 failed coup attempt despite criticism and anger over unauthorized seizures of individuals and their forced repatriation to Turkey.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RC1F7DE4C8E0

Just days after Kosovo’s parliament voted to investigate the renditions of six Turkish nationals by Turkish agents, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has vowed to pursue a global manhunt for alleged foot soldiers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Sunni cleric whom Erdogan's government blames for the failed July 2016 coup attempt.

Speaking at an April 7 rally in the western province of Denizli, Erdogan declared that Turkey has so far snatched some 80 members of the so-called Fethullah Gulen Terror Organization (FETO) and brought them back to Turkey. “We will chase them no matter where they flee,” he assured members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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