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Report: 25 Turkish police detained in new raids

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Police in Turkey launched a second of wave of raids at police officers' residences on Tuesday, detaining at least 25 officers suspected of conducting illegal wiretaps, the country's state-run television reported.

TRT television said police teams stormed police lodgings in Istanbul and in 13 provinces across Turkey, taking 25 colleagues into custody. The state-run Anadolu Agency said police had warrants to arrest to 33 people.

Last month, police detained more than a hundred officers in similar raids for allegedly spying on and wiretapping Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials. Most of them were later released but 31 were jailed pending trial over accusations of illegal wiretaps and forging documents.

Government officials have said the police operations are directed at followers of a moderate Islamic movement - led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - who have allegedly risen to prominent positions within Turkey's police and judiciary.

Erdogan's government accuses the movement of being behind a series of corruption allegations earlier this year which have targeted the government as well as Erdogan's inner circle and has removed thousands of police officers and prosecutors from their posts, including those involved in the corruption probes. Erdogan, who is running for president in Sunday's election, has cast the corruption probe as a "coup" to topple his government.

In a television interview late Monday, Erdogan described the movement as a threat to national security and vowed to continue to crackdown on the group if he is elected.

Gulen has denied any involvement in the corruption probes.

Meanwhile, access to a Twitter account which has been anonymously posting alleged insider tweets critical of Erdogan's government was suspended in Turkey on Tuesday. The move came after the account tweeted details of the second wave of the police operation hours before it was launched.

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Mike August 05 2014 at 6:36 AM

All this to protect the secret recipe for Turkish Taffy.

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philips0811 August 05 2014 at 12:17 PM

The slow death of democracy in Turkey continues.

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tma2c August 05 2014 at 2:14 PM

Man, Turkey is in the oven

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John August 05 2014 at 11:42 AM

Get Turkey out of NATO. They can no longer be trusted with its secrets.

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Hello Jac August 05 2014 at 2:03 PM

Another Muslim country moving toward to total radical Islam extremist. They are as proud as any mother of ISIS.

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jcollina August 05 2014 at 7:28 AM

Well, at least one country respects the right to privacy.

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eldize123 jcollina August 05 2014 at 8:56 AM

is that what it is you clueless clown?

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Bob B eldize123 August 05 2014 at 11:52 AM

Actually, it's you who is the clueless clown.

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bigpapapuff425 eldize123 August 05 2014 at 5:29 PM

No Bob, it is you who is actually clueless. The Turkish government is corrupt and is determined to stop any and all criticisms or investigations into it's failings. The best way to stay in power is to arrest all the police and prosecutors investigating the corruption.

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Hello Jac jcollina August 05 2014 at 2:04 PM

are you serious? Why would you route for more radical Islam extremist?

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endmillll August 05 2014 at 9:25 AM

OMG i'm shocked and here i thought it was in the USA only.

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Hello Jac endmillll August 05 2014 at 2:05 PM

God help us if Muslims have 99% control of America.

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Slut August 05 2014 at 8:02 AM

Very interesting! Is this a grab at more power/elimination of opposition or legitimate action? Hmmm?? One never knows, do one? On one hand it seems as though they are weeding out those within who are corrupt-good , right? Yet here the it's very rare the corrupt are exposed never mind prosecuted and when they are is that good? Or is that a grab at more power/elimination of opposition also? Can someone explain how this misuse by authorithy could never happen here in the US?

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eldize123 Slut August 05 2014 at 8:58 AM

understand this, the extreme islamists want to take total control of turkey

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rimit9 Slut August 05 2014 at 1:03 PM

Just look up how many field/staff and flag grade officers Obama has purged out of our Military, It will frighten you. You talk about a power grab, He has disabled our military, armed politically appointed agencies, the department of homeland security is now the most powerful law enforcement? para military agency in the government. why does fish and wild life need 4 million rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition? why have they down graded the National guards numbers, And moved everything they can into Federal control? Who are they afraid of? Just a question.

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Larry August 05 2014 at 4:44 PM

The "moderate Muslims" need to act decisively if they don't want their religion to be defined by the extremists. That is what is currently happening, by default.

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THEB0SSSNY Larry August 06 2014 at 12:19 AM

What moderete muslems?

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goodgrief61945 August 05 2014 at 6:35 PM

" U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen". What exactly does that mean?

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