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7/19/16

Turkey: US denies involvement Coup as tensions rise between Turkish and US administrations - by Siobhan Fenton

Tensions between Turkey and the US have escalated following the attempted coup against the Erdogan administration, with the country's leader demanding the extradition of a US-based cleric accused of orchestrating the violence. Another senior official has directly blamed the United States.

The Obama administration has strongly denied any involvement or responsibility in recent events in the country. In a phone call to his counterpart in Turkey, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “Public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations."

The warning came after Turkey closed its airspace, thereby effectively grounding US warplanes which have been targeting Isis forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Earlier today, Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag announced that some 6,000 people have now been detained in a government crackdown on suspected opponents and dissenters following the coup.

In a television interview Minister Bozdag said: "The cleansing [operation] is still continuing. Some 6,000 detentions have taken place. The number could surpass 6,000."

Read more: Turkey coup: Tensions between US and Erdogan administration rise after failed power grab | Europe | News | The Independent

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