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Identities of coup plotters seeking asylum revealed

DAILY SABAH
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The identities of the two coup plotter generals who applied for asylum to Germany have reportedly been identified, the Hürriyet daily reported on Friday. Earlier this week, the German daily Bild reported that two senior Turkish coup plotter generals applied for asylum in Germany at Frankfurt Airport Tuesday. The newspaper claimed that the two generals are thought to have been involved in last year's July 15 coup attempt and indicated that after a preliminary evaluation of their applications, the duo will be placed in temporary settlement zones.

The fugitive coup plotter generals that were linked with the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) were reportedly identified as Brigadier General Numan Yediyıldız, who was dismissed following the coup attempt while he was serving in the Southeastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG), and Brig. Gen. Mehmet Yalınalp, who was fired following the July coup attempt while he was serving as the head of NATO's air command strategy in Germany.

Germany's welcoming attitude toward coup plotters who fled Turkey has stirred up tension between the two countries. The country can be singled out among European countries for embracing at least 250 fugitive diplomats and soldiers accused of involvement in the coup with suspected links to FETÖ.

The U.S. is the second most preferred destination for Gülenists fleeing their native Turkey.

On July 15, a small military junta linked to FETÖ attempted to topple the democratically elected president and government in Turkey and impose martial law. The attempt was prevented by military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens in favor of democracy.

A total of 249 people, consisting of mostly civilians, were killed by pro-coup soldiers, while over 2,000 people were injured. The attempt was masterminded by Fetullah Gülen, who has been living in self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since 1999.

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