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> Turkey has formally asked Washington to arrest US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. That's according to Turkish broadcaster NTV.
kara blames Gulen for the failed coup in the country two months ago.
says a network loyal to him orchestrated the attempt. The cleric strongly denies any such involvement, but the government is purging tens of thousands of people in the armed forces, police, education, and judiciary.
It claims they're part of a so-called parallel state built by Gulen. Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan discussed the extradition request with Barack Obama. On the fringes of the G20 Summit in China, Obama told him that it would be a legal decision, not a political one. But that's unlikely to satisfy the Turkish leader.
He accuses Washington of providing a haven for Gulen. Even if the cleric is now arrested, that would only be the first step towards extradition. If approved by a judge, the final decision would have to go to the US Secretary of State. That's a headache John Kerry could probably do without.