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A Lot Of Turks Are Side-Eyeing The US On Coup Involvement

A lot of Turks seem convinced the U.S. was behind the country's failed coup.

By Melissa Prax | August 3, 2016

It seems like more Turks are jumping on board with the idea that the U.S. was a part of the Turkish military's failed coup.

"Unfortunately, the West is supporting terrorism and sides with coups," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.   

SEE MORE: Turkey Targets The Media In Latest Post-Coup Attempt Crackdown

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Even Obama can't get Turkish conspiracy theories off the U.S.' back. 

"Any reports that said we had previous knowledge of a coup attempt, there was any U.S. involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy are completely false," President Barack Obama said at a press conference

One Turkish columnist outright claimed the U.S. tried assassinating Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the coup. 

And a pro-government Turkish newspaper polled its Twitter followers and found that 69 percent of respondents pointed the finger at the CIA. 

The other options were the FBI, the White House and the U.S. Department of State — so regardless, the U.S. was going to get blamed. 

At the end of the Daily Sabbah's poll, 3,123 users had weighed in on the question, "Which institution of the US provided largest support to Gülenist terror group?"

The theories don't stop with the media and Erdogan. A Turkish lawyer thinks multiple senior officials were involved with the coup.

The U.S. is also in the spotlight because of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. 

Gülen lives in Pennsylvania, but he still has a hand in Turkey's political scene and his own transnational movement. He's also spoken out against Erdogan. 

"If they could provide evidence for one tenth of what they've been claiming and take me back by force, there is not much I can say about this," Gülen said on CNN

Turkey has called for Gülen to be extradited, especially since the coup.

This video includes clips from Haber TurkCCTVThe White HouseTime TurkBBC and CNN and images from U.S. Department of Defense and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music. 

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