Over 2700 personnel dismissed with new emergency decree in Turkey

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Turkey has sacked another 2,756 public sector workers as it continues it purge of people it claims supported last year's failed military coup.

The government refers to Gulen's network as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation" (FETO), and has labelled it a terror organization.

Among those dismissed were 637 military personnel and 105 academics.

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The dismissed personnel were found to be members of, or linked to, "terror" groups, structures and entities that act against national security.

The government also announced the closing of 17 institutions, including two independent newspapers and one health clinic, according to the Gazette.

The government says the purges and arrests are needed to counter the continuing danger posed by followers of Mr Gulen's movement. He has denied involvement.

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Ankara also accuses Gulen and his followers of infiltrating state institutions.

Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) - the group behind last year's defeated coup in Turkey - is led by Fetullah Gulen, who has been living in a self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

There have also been arrests of those accused of links to outlawed Kurdish militants, including the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtas. Critics say the government is using its emergency powers to jail opponents and silence dissent.

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Local and worldwide rights groups as well as Turkey's Western allies accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government of using the failed coup as a pretext to silence opposition in the country and tighten its grip on power.

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