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US warns against travel to Turkey after coup attempt

Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government following a failed coup attemptThe United States warned its citizens against travel to Turkey after authorities crushed a military coup that claimed at least 265 lives. “The US Department of State warns US citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey,” a statement read. Turkish authorities blamed Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric who is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch enemy, for the plot and lost no time in rounding up 2,839 soldiers over alleged involvement, amid global alarm over the extent of the retribution.

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