Erdoğan praises Turkish police’s anti-terror efforts
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 26 praised the efforts of the country’s police in the fight against terrorism.
Erdoğan was speaking to police officials at an iftar (fast breaking) dinner in Istanbul.
“I’ll tell you straight, very few countries can do a successful and fair fight against such a damned network, which infiltrated into the Turkish state’s capillaries,” referring to the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt.
“Very few people in the world can tenaciously tackle such a heavy trauma like this as our people did,” the president said.
The July 15, 2016 defeated coup orchestrated by FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen left 250 people killed and some 2,200 injured.
Turkey also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.