Now Erdogan ‘wants to smash secret NATO army’ over alleged role in Turkey coup

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Paul Martin

PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to destroy a secret NATO army over its alleged role in the failed military coup.

Wed, Aug 3, 2016

Turkish media now claims operatives from the clandestine Cold War Operation Gladio took part in the bloodbath which killed 294 people and injured more than 1,400 others.

Turkey’s government says the coup attempt was orchestrated by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

Mr Gulen denies the charge and has condemned the coup.

Conspiracy theories over foreign involvement have been fuelled by Turkish media, with some claiming Mr Gulen is a member of the NATO secret army.

Operation Gladio was the codename for a clandestine NATO operation in Italy during the Cold War to prepare for and carry out armed resistance there in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion and conquest.

Turkish journalist Ozcan Tikit wrote in Turkish newspaper Habertürk: “If one wants to again create relationship of trust with the Western institutions, Gladio in Turkey must be eliminated as it already was in several Western countries.”

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