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Turkish diplomats on the run after coup purge

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>> Slipping the net of an ever widening purge. Two Turkish military attaches to Greece have fled to Italy. And 32 diplomats are at large. Avoiding recall to answer questions about last month's attempted coup. This, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who vows that the traitors will be brought home.
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Reuters Nick Tattersall is in Istanbul.>> The question now is whether any of these diplomats. And these military attaches, will seek political asylum in the countries that they end up in. And then, whether those countries will grant that asylum request. Certainly, the United States has already received an asylum request from a Turkish military commander.
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Who effectively defected while on a NATO assignment in the United States.>>
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lidarity over a coup attempt in an allied state. In which 240 people died, has given way to consternation about the ensuing crackdown. Turkey, arresting tens of thousands of civil servants, soldiers, and journalists. The man Anchorer accuses of masterminding the Islamist cleric, Fethullah Gülen, is based in the United States.
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Turkey's requested his extradition, putting his host in an awkward position.>> The United States has said that it wants to see clear evidence of wrongdoing in the part of Gilan. Before it would consider an extradition request. Officials making it clear that the legal system, the courts in the United States are independent.
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That irrespective of whether there's political will to make such an extradition. The courts will make that assessment on their own.>> Extradition versus asylum is a bind several of Turkey's allies will now have to grapple with.