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Turkey's Erdogan to drop insult lawsuits

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>> Turkey's president at the Martyrs Memorial Day Ceremony, to honor those who died during the failed coup. And he came with a gesture of goodwill, inspired, he said, by the feelings of unity.>>
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> Any country, any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coup plotters are not our friends.
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>> Some 2,000 people have been prosecuted for insulting Tayyip Erdogan since he took power 18 months ago. But along with talk of unity, harsh words for the West, Erdogan accusing some of being on the side of the plotters.>>
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>> More than 18,000 people have been arrested since the attempted uprising and 1,700 military personnel dismissed in a purge. Reuters' Nick Tattersall is in Istanbul.>> Well, we've heard from a US general, and from the director of the National Intelligence Agency, that they're concerned about these purges. That some of the officers the United States has been working with in Turkey are now in jail accused of involvement, or masterminding this plot.
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And that that risks damaging and compromising the US-led fight against Islamic State.>> And the shakeup is set to continue. The government says military academies will now be the subject of quote, cleansing.