Coup d'Etat

Turkey keeps pushing U.S. for extradition of Penn.-based cleric who they say directed coup

Turkey keeps pushing U.S. for extradition of Penn.-based cleric who they say directed coup

Serdar Kilic has one of the hardest jobs in Washington.

Lobbying members of Congress, making speeches, handing out flash drives of supposed evidence, Turkey’s ambassador here is leading what appears to be a quixotic mission: bringing a reclusive Muslim cleric, holed up in rural Pennsylvania, before Turkish courts. 

Turkey’s government has asked the Obama administration to extradite Fethullah Gulen, insisting he masterminded the July 15 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that left more than 250 people dead.

The wide-ranging conspiratorial plot that Turkish officials accuse Gulen of directing is breathtaking. It’s...

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