ANKARA

The US has claimed it had “no involvement” in the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

“The United States had no involvement in the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey and promptly condemned it,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said late on Thursday in a statement. “Recent assertions to the contrary made by senior Turkish officials are wholly false.”

The statement came after Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a television appearance on Tuesday: “‘Did FETO do it [July 15 coup attempt] on its own?’ I went out said this in the first 24 hours [of the coup attempt]. I said: ‘Where is FETO based?’ [In America] That’s it.”

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Turkish officials have for years been pushing for the US to extradite Gulen from his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Despite sharing details on his file and evidence that the coup attempt was organized on Gulen’s orders, Ankara’s efforts for extradition fell short during the former President Donald Trump’s administration.

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