Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters gathered in front of his residence in Istanbul, early Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said the government was preparing a formal request to the United States for the extradition of Gulen, who Turkey says orchestrated the failed military takeover on Friday in which at least 232 people were killed.Kurtulmus also told reporters 9,322 people were under legal proceedings in relation to the attempted coup.In the aftermath of the coup, Erdogan has repeatedly called for parliament to consider his supporters' demands to apply the death penalty for the plotters.More than 6,000 soldiers and around 1,500 others have been detained since the abortive coup.Turkish media said on Monday he had denied this to prosecutors, saying he had tried to prevent the attempted putsch.Since the coup was put down, Erdogan has said enemies of the state still threatened the nation and has urged Turks to take to the streets every night until Friday to show support for the government.
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