The US Just Issued a “Remarkable” Warning to Turkey Amid Its Post-Coup Crackdown

Jonathan Schanzer
18th July 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Tension between the US and Turkey has escalated dramatically in the wake of Ankara's far-reaching crackdown on those suspected to have been involved in Friday's failed military coup.

In addition to more than 2,000 members of the Turkish armed forces, Ankara has ordered that at least 50 high-level civil servants, 8,000 police officers, and 30 regional governors with alleged ties to the coup plotters be either arrested or fired, according to Reuters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told a crowd of supporters Saturday night that the country would look into reinstating the death penalty for the "traitors" who plotted to overthrow his government.


Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Washington, DC-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider on Monday that Washington's statements in the wake of the failed coup attempt and Ankara's subsequent purges "have been truly remarkable."

"From the beginning, we saw statements from the US government saying, 'We're watching you and we're concerned,'" Schanzer said, referring to a White House statement released on Friday calling for all parties to show "restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed."

"And now you have a veiled threat about NATO membership," Schanzer said. "The rhetoric is definitely escalating."


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