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Turkish authorities have identified 3,000 people within the armed forces believed to be linked to the cleric Ankara blames for a 2016 failed coup, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said, adding the individuals would be dismissed in the coming days, Reuters reported.

Canikli was quoted by broadcaster NTV as saying the individuals, suspected of being linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, would be dismissed from their posts through an emergency decree presented to the prime ministry.

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