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Fethullah Gulen Denies Any Involvement With the Bloody Militant Coup in Turkey

Fethullah Gulen is the self-exiled Muslim cleric living in U.S. and the founder of the Hizmet Movement.

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  • Fethullah Gulen is the founder of the Hizmet Movement which preaches co-existence and co-operation in the terms of Sunni Islam.
  • Gulen lives in the U.S. and his movement is active in parts of U.S, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • In spite of being repeatedly accused of the recent militant coup in Turkey, Gulen maintains his position on the matter, that, he or his followers were not involved in any way and they condemn the attack.
President Erdogan. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
President Erdogan. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

While Turkey reels under the aftermath of the Militant Coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the coup on Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim Cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.

However, Gulen has denied all the accusations saying that, “As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having link to any such an attempt.  I categorically deny such accusations”.

In fact, Gulen has strongly condemned the attack and has clearly mentioned that he or his followers can never bear any association with such activities.

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Initially when Erdogan became the President, Gulen was one of his biggest supporters. But in 2013, Gulen, along with police and investigators launched a corruption probe against Erdogan’s inner circle. That is when Erdogan left Turkey and settled in the United States under the garb of a self-exile. Then on, he has seldom appeared before the media. However, his supporters are still in Turkey and seem to have raised a lot of fund for their movement.

Gulen with Pope John Paul II. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Gulen with Pope John Paul II. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

Gulen’s movement is called ‘Hizmet’ which means service. Gulen preaches  Sunni Islam together with a message of interfaith dialogue. It is an amalgamation of Sufi mysticism and harmony among people. However, Hizmet is not a religious movement. It is essentially about co-existence and co-operation among people. Gulen’s movement centres around U.S., Africa , Europe and Asia.

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According to the Alliance for Shared Values, “For more than 40 years. Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy”.

This has strengthened Gulen’s claims of not being involved in the coup. He said, “ I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly”.

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India, US Expand Defense Ties By Signing A Deal

The U.S. and India also agreed to hold a new military exercise. The exercise will involve sea, land, and air forces. It will occur of the eastern coast of India in 2019.

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The United States and India took a major step to expand defense ties Thursday, signing a deal that allows India to acquire high-end U.S. weaponry, including armed drones.

The agreement was signed during a meeting in New Delhi among U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and their Indian counterparts.

The U.S. earlier this year offered armed Guardian drones to India, but the sale could not go through until the agreement, known as COMCASA, was reached.

“The landmark agreement deepens our military to military cooperation and our ability to share the most advanced defense technology, making us both stronger,” Mattis said.

If the Guardian sale goes through, India would become the first non-NATO country to buy armed U.S. drones.

The deal reflects growing ties between the U.S. and India – the world’s two largest democracies – both of whom are concerned about China’s rising power.

Defense cooperation, in particular, has emerged as the “most significant dimension” of the U.S.-India relationship, said Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

 

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Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis before the start of the 2+2 meeting at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.VOA

 

U.S.-India ties, she said, have reached “unprecedented heights.”

Iran, Russia disagreements

The U.S. and India haven’t always been this close. India, which has historically tried to be neutral in world affairs, has bristled at what it considers U.S. restraints on its foreign policy decisions.

Most recently, the U.S. has taken issue with India’s purchase of oil from Iran and its planned acquisition of a Russian missile defense system. Both moves would violate U.S. sanctions.

A Pentagon official last month threatened to impose sanctions on India if it goes ahead with its $6 billion purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

But in their public comments Thursday, neither side mentioned the Russia or Iran disputes. And the S-400 never came up in private discussions with India’s defense and external affairs ministers, said Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for South and Southeast Asia Joe Felter.

Iran also “wasn’t a big topic,” he said.

Most of India’s weapons are Russian-made, a legacy of India’s Cold War relationship with the Soviet Union. The U.S. is currently India’s second-largest weapons supplier.

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U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with their counterparts Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman for the 2+2 meeting at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India. VOA

But U.S. military sales to India have expanded rapidly – going from zero in 2008 to $15 billion this year. That figure now stands to increase, with the new agreement in place.

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“It comes down to trust. Some of this tech is very sensitive. Some countries we don’t want this tech to fall in the hands of,” Felter said, adding the U.S. has similar agreements with less than 30 countries.

The U.S. and India also agreed to hold a new military exercise. The exercise will involve sea, land, and air forces. It will occur of the eastern coast of India in 2019. (VOA)