More than 17,000 suspects with links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) have been dismissed from Turkish military since the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.
A total of 17,498 people have been purged from the Turkish army so far, and the expulsions will continue until “not a single traitor wears a Turkish military uniform,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying.
Referring to Turkey’s ongoing military operations in northern Iraq, the minister said 676 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the beginning of this year.
Turkish government blames the FETO’s U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the 2016 failed coup attempt, which left 249 people dead and some 2,200 others injured.
The Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown on suspects with links to FETO in the aftermath of the coup attempt.