Turkey's defense ministry on Wednesday confirmed it dismissed over 230 military personnel for suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). According to a ministry statement, from a total of 233 people fired, 201 were from Turkey's air force and 32 from the navy. Among this total, 158 commissioned officers, 67 sergeants and 8 specialized sergeants were relieved of duty.
Meanwhile, seven military judges and colonels were also removed, bringing the total number of dismissed officials to 3,939. FETO is blamed by the Turkish government for organizing the defeated coup attempt of July 15. Over 240 people were martyred and around 2,200 others injured when a section of the armed forces tried to overthrow the government.
Turkey has accused FETÖ, led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, of organizing a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
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