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    Ex-Turkish General Arrested Over Coup

    FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2008 file photo, flanked by former Land Forces Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner, former Turkish Chief of Staff Gen, Ilker Basbug speaks in Balikesir, Turkey. A prosecutor is questioning Basbug in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Former military chief is testifying in a trial of current and former military officers alleged to have attempted to destabilize the country's Islamic-rooted government through an Internet campaign. Gen. Basbug has not been charged in a series of investigations into several plots to bring down the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hundreds of officers have been jailed so far.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

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    A former Turkish military chief was jailed Friday for allegations of leading a terror organization and attempting to stage a coup against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2009. Gen. Ilker Basbug, who retired in 2010, was the leader of the military at the time, and becomes the most senior officer to face trial in the alleged coup. Prosecutors say the military funded dozens of websites that discredited the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Erdogan. The military has staged three coups in the country and forced an Islamist prime minister to quit in 1997.

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