Arrest warrant issued for top Erdogan advisor

Number of soldiers arrested in wake of failed coup rises to 6,000, including dozens of senior officers.

Ari Soffer,

Government supporters celebrate atop tank seized after failed coup
Government supporters celebrate atop tank seized after failed coup
Reuters

Turkish authorities have issued an arrest warrant for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top military aide, according to state media cited by Associated Press.

Col. Ali Yazici is one of the most senior military officers to be targeted in a government purge of the military following Friday's failed coup attempt, according to Anadolu Agency.

It did not specify what role Yazici is suspected of having played in the attempted coup, which was launched late Friday night and quickly quashed over the course of Saturday.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has already declared victory over the coup, in which hundreds were killed, including many protesters who were urged into the streets by Erdogan to oppose the military takeover.

6,000 soldiers have been arrested so far following the crisis, including some 50 senior officers.

Meanwhile, members of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition in Syria and Iraq - of which Turkey is a member - have expressed their concern over the events.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday questioned Turkey's "reliability" in the fight against Islamic State in the wake of the country's abortive coup.

Ayrault said the violent events of the past two days "raised questions."

"There's (the question of) reliability on the one hand and, indeed, an element of suspicion on the other," he told France 3 television.

AFP contributed to this report.




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