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Turkey Coup Update Government asks Greece to return eight soldiers who fled there -Foreign Minister

Greece had earlier arrested eight men aboard a Turkish military helicopter which landed in the northern city of Alexandroupolis at midday on Saturday.

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Turkey has asked Greece to return eight soldiers who fled there in a helicopter, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

The soldiers are believed to have fled hours after a military faction attempted to overthrow the government.

Greece had earlier arrested eight men aboard a Turkish military helicopter which landed in the northern city of Alexandroupolis at midday on Saturday.

Any country that stands by the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen will not be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with the NATO member, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

The government said that followers of Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for years, were behind the attempted coup by a faction of the military on Friday.

The government accuses Gulen of trying to build a "parallel structure" within the judiciary, education system, media and military as a way to overthrow the state, a charge the cleric denies.

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