Turkey seeks arrest of active-duty soldiers for links to Gülen movement

Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued arrest warrants for 295 serving military personnel for links to Gülen movement, a religious group accused of carrying out a coup attempt in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said

Thirty-six suspects, including one major, five lieutenants, and 27 sergeants, have been detained so far in simultaneous operations across 26 provinces, the agency said. 

Turkey blames U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen and his followers for the 2016 failed coup, and has since sacked hundreds of thousands of public officials and army personnel in a series of purges.

During an alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Gülen movement is accused of infiltrating its acolytes into influential positions in the armed forces, judiciary, police, civil service and the media. The two wings of Turkey’s Islamist movement later fell out with a final breach coming in late 2013.