‘Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens … defended their democracy against an attempted coup,’ State Dept. says.
The State Department on Friday commended the bravery of Turks who beat back a coup attempt last year.
“One year later, Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens of all backgrounds and political views defended their democracy against an attempted coup,” according to a statement released on the eve of the anniversary.
“We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Turkey’s democracy and democratic institutions,” spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara 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.