The Aydın Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 33 more military personnel as part of an investigation into the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating an attempted coup on July 15, 2016, TGRT reported.

The group denies any involvement.

According to the report 22 of 33 suspects have been detained in operations across 17 provinces.

One hundred thirty generals and admirals in the Turkish military were either dismissed or suspended as part of the widespread purge following the failed coup attempt in July of last year.

In February Defense Minister Fikri Işık said 30,000 new recruits would be enlisted in the Turkish military.

A month later Işık declared that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government had dismissed a total of 22,920 military personnel (6,511 officers and 16,409 cadets) after the coup attempt although the Turkish military stated on July 27 that only 8,651 military members including cadets and conscripts took part in the failed coup.

The Cumhuriyet daily reported in March that the government planned to investigate 90,000 more military members over links to the Gülen group.

“If it was a coup perpetrated by the Gülen group and 22,920 military personnel were dismissed for their connections to the movement as Erdoğan and the group assert, why did only 8,651 military members participate in the coup?” is a question being asked by critics.

(Turkish Minute)