Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced on Friday that a total of 195 personnel, 158 of whom are officers, have been dismissed from the Land Forces Command and Naval Forces Command on the grounds that they have links to the Gülen movement.
Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies, 35,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.