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Turkey orders arrests of 532 suspected of Gulen links

The widespread operation targeted alleged followers of the Pennsylvania-based preacher blamed for the 2016 attempted coup.
Embroidered images of United States-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen (L) and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) are displayed in a shop in a market, Gaziantep, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Jan. 17, 2014.

Turkey has ordered the arrests of 532 people, including 459 military personnel, with suspected ties to the outlawed movement that Ankara blames for the 2016 coup attempt, the state-owned Anadolu News Agency reported on Monday. 

An investigation based on phone monitoring and alleged confessions from supporters of Fethullah Gulen was launched in 62 provinces, Anadolu reported. As many as 400 suspected supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen were arrested so far on Monday, a source told the news outlet. 

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