Police escort journalists to court, in Istanbul, Friday, July 29, 2016. (Ali Aksoyer/DHA via AP)
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Turkey was Saturday holding 17 journalists on charges of "terror group" membership as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Western critics to "mind your own business" over a relentless crackdown following a failed coup.Thousands of those detained after the coup have now been released, with an Istanbul court releasing 758 soldiers late Friday, adding to another 3,500 former suspects already set free."And if there is even the slightest doubt that the (treatment) is improper, then the consequences will be inevitable," he told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.In a speech at his presidential palace late Friday remembering those killed during the failed coup, Erdogan angrily denounced the criticism and accused the West of deserting Turkey in its hour of need. Turkey implemented a shake-up of the military on Thursday after nearly half of its 358 generals were sacked for complicity in the coup.Erdogan had earlier also lashed out at a top U.S. general who had expressed concerns about military relations after the putsch.
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