In an astonishing and reckless attack on the US the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the country considers itself at war with any nation that stands by the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
He said: "Any country that protects Fethullah Gulen will be an enemy to Turkey."
Moderate cleric Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been a constant scapegoat for Erdogan who has accused him of trying to establish a “parallel state” to rival his own fiefdom.
The statement by Mr Yildirim will be seen as a thinly veiled threat to America to give up Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile at a religious retreat, or face diplomatic or even military consequences.
Gulen, the founder of an Islamic movement which carries his name, promotes a brand of the religion which promotes belief in science, interfaith dialogue and multi-party democracy.
US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed to reporters today that America has not yet received a request from Turkey to extradite the religious leader.
Turkey PM Binali Yildirim said any country supporting the cleric was now at war with Turkey
A section of the Turkish military attempted a coup to oust Erdogan last night
He is a long-time opponent of tinpot leader Erdogan, who has accused him and his movement of fuelling insurrection and trying to establish its own institutions to overthrow the Government.
Gulen has issued a statement denying any involvement in the coup and condemning the attempt to overthrow Erdogan, who he was once close friends with.
In it he said: "I condemn in the strongest terms the attempted military coup in Turkey. Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force.
“As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.”
A mysterious Turkish Islamic cleric — whose followers have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s family foundation and to her presidential campaign — is being accused of ordering the false imprisonment of three followers of a competing religious sect, according to documents filed in federal court earlier this week.
The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, has lived in Pennsylvania’s Pocono mountains since 1998, when he went into exile from Turkey amid accusations that he plotted to undermine the secular regime that was in place at the time.
But the 74-year-old has been able to wield control from that that secluded compound over his worldwide network of media organizations and charter schools — some 120 of which are in the U.S.
Isn't it funny how democrats are connected to Gulen? This article we posted well over a year ago has the complete rundown on Gulen. Check it out.
"The Gülen movement is a liberal Islamic transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic theologian and preacher Fethullah Gülen, who now resides in the United States. The movement has no official name but it is usually referred to as Hizmet ("the Service") by its followers and as Cemaat ("the Community/Assembly") by the broader public in Turkey. Its largest body is the Alliance for Shared Values.
The movement has attracted supporters and critics in Turkey, Central Asia, and in other parts of the world. It is active in education with private schools and universities in over 180 countries as well as many American charter schools operated by followers. It has initiated forums for interfaith dialogue. It has substantial investments in media, finance, and for-profit health clinics. Some have praised the movement as a pacifist, modern-oriented version of Islam, and as an alternative to more extreme schools of Islam such as Salafism.
After the 2013 corruption investigations in Turkey into alleged corrupt practices by several bureaucrats, ministers, mayors, and family members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkey was uncovered, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed the Movement for initiating the investigations as a result of a break in previously friendly relations. The group was considered to have influence on the Turkish police force and the judiciary. The movement is currently accused of attempting to overthrow the democratically elected Turkish government through a judicial coup by the use of corruption investigations. The government determined the movement as a national security threat for Turkey and seized the group owned newspaper (Zaman-the most circulated newspaper in Turkey before the seizure.) and several companies that have ties with the group. Investigations into the group are continuing with several accusations.
During the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt, President Erdoğan blamed the group for the coup upon his arrival in Istanbul. Fethullah Gülen strongly condemmned the coup, and rejected claims of his involvement." Above, Extracted from:
Gulen is a Moderate Muslim... if there is such a thing... and as such he stands in opposition to Erdogan's hardline Muslim approach to governance (an Islamic State), the abandoning of Turkey's former moderate secular State. We may be seeing the purging of any moderate elements that remain in Turkey if this Coup fails.
Erdogan is now saying he had advance notice [7 to 10 hours] of the coup.