Defense Minister Shoigu Reports on Russian Military Modernization

In the fourth year of leading the Russian Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu has demonstrated a unique style of leadership, marked by routine snap inspection exercises, enhancing the image of the Armed Forces, and restoring the confidence of the officer corps, while pushing ahead with military modernization.

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Obama hosts leading Gülenists at White House

President of the Rumi Forum, Emre Çelik and President of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA) attended the Eid Reception at the White House. The Rumi Forum’s website says its honorary president is Fethullah Gülen. TAA is also known to be a Gülenist business organization for Turkish-American entrepreneurs. A quick search on TAA’s website brings up countless articles in support of Gülen and his ideas.

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Erdogan’s ‘secret keeper’ under fire over Turkey coup lapse

Turkey’s shadowy spy chief Hakan Fidan has faced an unprecedented public dressing down in the wake of the failed coup but appears set to stay on in his post — at least for now.

There has been intense speculation over the future of Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and widely seen as one of Turkey’s most powerful men, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said intelligence lapses had helped last week’s coup.

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Is Fethullah Gülen behind Turkey’s coup?

Gulenists may have eschewed assassinations in the past, but their past operations have not lacked ruthlessness. They have a disturbing record of targeting, slandering, harassing, imprisoning their perceived opponents – military officers, journalists, police commissioners, politicians — leading on a few of occasions to their deaths.

The case against Gulen is not shut and dried. There are many things about the coup attempt that remain unclear and mysterious. If the government has serious evidence beyond what I have discussed here, it has been very coy about releasing it and sharing it with the public.

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Turkey Arrests 300 Presidential Guardsmen over Alleged Coup Links

Turkey announced the arrest of hundreds of presidential guardsmen over alleged links to last week’s attempted coup, as the purge of the country’s military continued.

At least 283 of 300 suspects had already been arrested as of Friday.

The guard are members of the special forces regiment stationed at the presidential palace in Ankara. There are at least 2,500 members, according to local media, the Middle East Eye reported.

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Erdogan: Turkey ready to restore regional peace together with Iran and Russia

“Today, we are determined more than ever before to contribute to the solution of regional problems hand in hand with Iran and Russia and in cooperation with them,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Erdogan as saying. The Turkish president informed Rouhani about the situation in Turkey. “At present, the situation is getting back to normal but it is too early to say that everything is over,” Erdogan said.

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Undated footage appears to show Gulen calling for violent revolution

In the video, which was shared on Friday by pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah, Gulen is heard saying:

“Every step is a hasty step unless you have acquired the power to take control of all of Turkey’s constitutional institutions within its state structure.”

The quality of the video appears to suggest that it was filmed more than three years ago, before Gulen fell out with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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Turkey’s President Erdogan uses emergency powers to close more than 2,000 Gulen-connected institutions

Mr Erdogan has brought forward a meeting of the Supreme Military Council to 28 July, at which he will discuss with military chiefs his plans for purging and restructuring Turkey’s 600,000-strong armed forces – with the aim of bringing them under tighter government control. At least 124 generals and admirals out of a of 358, or over a third of the total, have been detained as it becomes clear that the conspiracy to subvert the armed forces was far larger than the small clique that the government originally alleged had taken part. Mr Erdogan has also used the powers granted by the state of emergency to extend the period in which some suspects can be detained – from four days up to a maximum of 30 days.

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