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US 'fully supports' Turkish democracy - US Joint Chiefs Chairman

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By Luke Barber
US 'fully supports' Turkish democracy - US Joint Chiefs Chairman

<p>The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has condemned last months coup attempt in Turkey during a visit to Ankara.</p> <p>After visiting the city’s heavily bomb damaged parliament building, General Joseph Dunford met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and said in a statement that Turkey’s democracy has the full support of the US.</p> <p>Not all were pleased Dunford’s arrival, however, and dozens of demonstrators took to the streets to protest the general’s presence.</p> <p>Some in Turkey believe that the US is embroiled in a conspiracy with Fethullah Gülen – who is believed by many to be the mastermind behind the putsch attempt – to overthrow the Turkish regime.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash">#Turkey</a>: Protests held in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ankara?src=hash">#Ankara</a> against <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/US?src=hash">#US</a> Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. <a href="https://t.co/YEwWBX7Lh7">pic.twitter.com/YEwWBX7Lh7</a></p>— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/RudawEnglish/status/760126170226647040">August 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>One protester said that the US and Gülen are the “architects of the coup” and that America wants to divide Turkey.</p> <p>There are loud calls for the muslim cleric and political figure Fethullah Gülen to be extradited to Turkey from the US.</p> <p>He founded the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BClen_movement#Political_involvement">Gülen movement</a>, which has regularly butted heads with the Erdogan regime has widely been blamed for the recent putsch attempt.</p> <p>General Dunford is the most senior US official to visit Turkey since the failed coup.</p>