Turkish president calls on U.S. to hand over cleric

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reportedly calling on the U.S. to extradite a cleric he claims is responsible for the attempted military coup that swept Istanbul and Ankara Friday evening. The demand suddenly involved President Obama and the United States in the struggle for power in Turkey.

Fethullah Gulen, a moderate Muslim cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, may have had a hand in planning the unsuccessful attempt to wrest control of the Turkish government away from Erdogan, according to the Turkish president.

Prior to the demand, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would consider an extradition request, provided proof of wrongdoing was provided.

Observers have begun to point to the uprising as a culmination of the division in Turkey between secularists and ideologically-driven Islamists like Erdogan. It is unclear whether Gulen was actually involved in the planning and execution of the attempted military coup, which was led by secular forces.

President Obama met with members of his national security team Saturday amid reports that Erdogan loyalists had quelled the uprising that left more than 160 dead.

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