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Islamic scholar and a prominent figure in Turkey’s political scene, Fettullah Gülen, issued a letter of condolence following the Aug. 20 attack Hürriyet photo

Islamic scholar and a prominent figure in Turkey’s political scene, Fettullah Gülen, issued a letter of condolence following the Aug. 20 attack Hürriyet photo

Islamic scholar and a prominent figure in Turkey’s political scene, Fettullah Gülen, issued a letter of condolence following the Aug. 20 attack in the southeastern province of Gaziantep that resulted in the deaths of nine civilians and the deaths of 10 Turkish security personnel when their minibus crashed into a ditch in the southeastern province of Şırnak Aug. 22.

“The terror attack in Gaziantep, which is the unity and social peace’s address, wounded us one more time. Evil groups have targeted even innocent children and played or are playing their dark games with innocent people. They aim to blacken the prosperity of these lands and block this nation’s way by their cursed attacks. They are trying to play us off against one another,” he said in a message published on the website of private broadcaster Samanyolu News yesterday. Gülen also said Turkey “needed to be more careful about intelligence.”

Gülen, who is renown with thousands of Turkish schools opened in more than a hundred countries, had been accused by opposition parties of organizing and manipulating Turkey’s judicial and security apparatus. A crisis occurred between the judiciary and the intelligence service in February after prosecutors ordered the detention of the head of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Hakan Fidan. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had opposed prosecutors demand by saying “If you are going to arrest someone, arrest me.” Turkish Parliament then amended the applicable law, making interrogation of MİT’s head subject to the permission of the prime minister.

August/23/2012

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The Prisoner

8/23/2012 3:09:02 PM

Gulen and his followers are 'the enemy within'. Poised to attack and willing to sacrifice anyone for their goal of full islamification of Turkiye.

Adam Polk

8/23/2012 12:16:48 PM

REcep Ozel, he is back by CIA. how do you think he lives in the US? he is not a citizen, his organization has schools, businesses and associations in the US. the money they collect from these places han't been caught by CIA, of course it has.

Red Tail

8/23/2012 12:11:29 PM

That a religious schollar offers condolences is perfectly fine. BUT I DO NOT LIKE IT AT ALL THAT RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS ARE INVOLVED IN POLITICS. And the same goes for more taktical smaller issues such as intel or fight against terror. What does a foreign schollar have to do with this? What right does he have to get involved in our domestic issues? Sure anyone is free to have an opinion, but this is more than that. I feel very uneasy about this "religious schollar" becoming influential.

Recep Ozel

8/23/2012 12:03:36 PM

This person has for many years been planning a coup in Turkey and it looks like he is succeeding. He has control over the government, schools, and the media. Who is funding and supporting him?

two sides to every coin

8/23/2012 10:36:34 AM

AKP and the followers of Gulen (sorry same thing) must be happy that now this mans thoughts and opinions are front page news, Look out Gul if Erdogan gets his way within years our Mr Gulen could be be The Islamic republic of Turkeys new President.

Tayyar Abi

8/23/2012 9:47:24 AM

I don't know anything about Gulen one way or the other but my own first thought was, how can the intel on an indiginous terror group be so terrible? Aren't the Turkish intel agencies competent enough to infiltrate this group at all? Better make up with Israel and send your agents to take some training from them.
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