Turkey dismisses over 18,000 army, civilian personnel over coup links

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, was deployed with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade and attacked by an Afghan soldier at Tarin Kowt airfield in Uruzgan province, said Army Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a military spokesman in Kabul.

The decree was adopted after the victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in June 2018.

Critics said Erdogan is using the extra powers permitted under emergency rule, which have been renewed seven times, to target opponents but the government said they are necessary to remove multiple terror threats inside state institutions.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

It is not clear whether lifting of state of emergency means going back to pre-July 2016 conditions in Turkey or if the same or similar situation will continue - devised as a new system wherein the president and can issue decrees equivalent to KHK via executive powers.

With the declaration of new cabinet, the state of emergency that expires on July 19 should automatically be lifted, according to outgoing Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The government blames a US-based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.

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Among the powers he will have under constitutional changes approved in a referendum previous year will be the right to start and end states of emergency unilaterally.

The raids were among the biggest targeting alleged followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen in recent months.

The decree also said 148 employees who were previously sacked had been reinstated.

Turkish authorities have launched a vast crackdown in the wake of the failed coup, arresting tens of thousands of people including journalists under a two year state of emergency.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

The July 8 decree shut down 12 associations across the country as well as three newspapers and a television channel.

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