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Turkey's political crisis worsens as corruption investigation leads to purges of police force

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Since 1999, the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen has been living in exile in a compound in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Turkey's government accuses the sect leader of being behind a plot to unseat the ruling AK Party.
Since 1999, the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen has been living in exile in a compound in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Turkey's government accuses the sect leader of being behind a plot to unseat the ruling AK Party. Journalist and Writers Foundation (Hizmet)
By: Jacob Resneck
4 min

Turkey is in the midst of a political crisis. The country's prime minister talks of a "conspiracy that eclipses all other coup attempts in Turkey". What started as a corruption investigation against family members and business associates of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle has led to purges of the police and prosecutors who are investigating politicians.  But who’s at the heart of this so-called conspiracy?

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