A passenger ferry, with an election campaign banner of Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan in the background, sets sail on the Bosphorus in Istanbul August 7, 2014.REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A battle between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Islamic sheikh Fethullah Gulen intensified Thursday, with police arrests, a government move against an Islamic lender and a reported purge of the domestic intelligence agency.Nearly 150 officers have been held since July in a probe aimed at what Erdogan calls a "parallel structure" within the police, judiciary and other institutions loyal to Gulen.Members of an MIT commission coordinating intelligence by different state agencies were transferred back to the police force, accused of being Hizmet members.In a speech which focused heavily on his battle against Gulen, Erdogan also stressed what he said was the business dimension of Hizmet.
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