A woman looks on during a demonstration in support of Turkey's President Erdogan (not pictured) at the Sarachane park in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. AFP / ARIS MESSINIS
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Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based preacher it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities said.A spokesman for President Recep 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 Friday in which at least 232 people were killed.Authorities shut down media outlets deemed to be supportive of the preacher Tuesday and said 15,000 people had been fired from the Education Ministry, 492 from the Religious Affairs Directorate, 257 from the prime minister's office, 300 from the Energy Ministry and 100 intelligence officials. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters that 9,322 people were under legal proceedings in relation to the attempted coup.
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