Political Feud In Turkey Makes For Unlikely Allies

Turkey's ruling AK Party teamed up with the powerful Gulen movement over a decade ago to strip the country's secular military elite of its political clout. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strengthened his hold on power with years of controversial legal proceedings that landed generals and their allies in jail. But now that an AKP-Gulen feud is erupting into the headlines, some of those convicted generals are calling for re-trials, claiming that the pro-Gulen prosecutors fabricated evidence. Prime Minister Erdogan, whose government is under attack from those same prosecutors, says that the generals might be right — or, at least entitled to new trials. Will this feud lead to a military rehabilitation?

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