Turkey takes over 12 GÃ¼len schools in Afghanistan
Feb 26 2018
Turkey takes over 12 GÃ¼len schools in Afghanistan2018-02-26
Turkey has taken over 12 schools and three tuition centres linked to the Fethullah GÃ¼len movement in Afghanistan, the Turkish government-run Anadolu agency reported.
The schools will be operated by state-run education foundation, the Turkish Maarif Foundation, Anadolu said.
Turkish Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari completed the handover at a ceremony in Afghanistanâs capital of Kabul. Turkey enjoys good military and diplomatic relations with Afghanistan after taking part in a NATO force in Kabul for many years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The Turkish government blames the GÃ¼len movement, led by Islamic preacher Fethullah GÃ¼len from his home in the United States, for carrying out a failed military coup in July 2016 in which more than 200 people were killed. GÃ¼len denies the charges. Turkey is calling on countries around the world to close down GÃ¼lenâs schools or hand them over to Turkish state control.
President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan began a trip to Africa this week, during which he is expected to pressure governments to take action against schools there. He has also criticised the United States for failing to hand over GÃ¼len.
Turkey established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to GÃ¼len, Anadolu said.
Turkey has arrested tens of thousands of alleged followers of the movement, which officially preaches religious tolerance and a moderate form of Islam, on terrorism charges since the coup attempt. Many members, who reached seni or positions in the police, judiciary, education, media and the bureaucracy, are yet to face trial as Turkey's state of emergency continues. The movement is said to have a million or more supporters in the country.Text
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-takes-over-12-feto-linked-schooâ¦Turkey takes over 12 FETO-linked schools in Afghanistan
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