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Turkey: General charged of leading terrorist group and planning coup plots.


Ilker Basbug

An Istanbul court on Thursday charged the former head of the armed forces with leading a terrorist group and masterminding coup plots to overthrow the Islamic-inspired government. Ilker Basbug, a retired general, is among dozens who face charges as part of an inquiry into what is said to be a plot by secular conspirators to stir chaos and prepare the ground for a coup. Critics of the government say the claims against many suspects, including General Basbug, are politically motivated and meant in part to continue weakening the once-powerful military. A criminal court…READ MORE HERE