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Turkish army top brass slashed in deep purge

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>> Fresh blood was what President Tayyip Erdogan ordered for his armed forces. A dishonorable discharge on Thursday for 1,700 Turkish Army personnel accused of a role in a failed military coup.
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About 40% of the top brass, among those swept aside. Just the start of a major overhaul expected at Thursday's Supreme Military Council meeting. Reuters Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul says the army is in disarray.>> Well, Turkish Army is a broken force now and it is fractured says one of the analysts that I've spoken to.
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He believes that this failed coup attempt is carried out by more than one faction of the army.>> It's not just the military. Journalists from this paper were arrested this week, and 88 foreign ministry staff dismissed on Thursday. All accused of following the alleged mastermind, Fethullah Gulen, a cleric based in the US.
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Schools and universities linked to his vast network closed down. Purged plot suspects, now numbering in the tens of thousands. The justice ministry citing intelligence on Thursday, that Gulen could flee his home in the United States for another place of self-imposed exile.