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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