TRNC Arrests, Deports 9 Turkish Colonels For FETO Links
Army colonels detained then sent to Turkish capital Ankara, say military sources
According to Turkey’s government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016 which left at least 248 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara has also said FETO is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
In the wake of the putsch attempt, tens of thousands of FETO suspects have been arrested, including many in the armed forces, police, judicial system, and education sector.
Thousands of Turkish troops are stationed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus under Turkey’s status as a guarantor for the island. They were deployed to protect Turkish Cypriots in the wake of a 1974 Greek military coup.