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FETO revises its senior managers abroad

After reshuffle, the number of FETO officials abroad was cut from 14 to 11, and the personnel was revised, says source

FETO revises its senior managers abroad

By Aynur Ekiz


After it was exposed following the July 15 defeated coup in Turkey, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) revised its team of senior managers and officials in foreign countries, a Turkish security source said.

FETO revised the personnel and cut the numbers of officials from 14 to 11, according to the security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkey accuses FETO – led by Fetullah Gulen, a resident of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania – of organizing the July 15 defeated coup.

According to the source, Mustafa Ozcan is the number two figure after Gulen himself. Known as the so-called "imam", Ozcan took the responsibility for FETO-linked schools in Balkan countries in 2007. Ozcan’s current whereabouts are unknown.

The 10 other senior figures in the organization are Ismet Aksoy, Naci Tosun, Serif Ali Tekalan, Irfan Yilmaz, Resit Haylamaz, Abdullah Aymaz, Mehmet Erdogan Tuzun, Mehmet Ali Sengul, Mustafa Yesil, and Sadik Kesmeci.

The source said these senior managers left Turkey in 2014, but their current whereabouts are unknown.

The source said FETO is active in 30 countries in Europe.

Its top man in Europe is Abdullah Aymaz, who is wanted by Turkey.

The source said that Hayrettin Ozkul is its top man in Germany, Adnan Azak is responsible for U.K. operations, and Hayrettin Karakus heads the terrorist group in France.

FETO is also active in 20 countries in Asia, said the source.

Harun Tokak, who is responsible for Israel, is wanted by Turkey and has also been accused of financing FETO/PDY.

Mevlut Boztas is responsible for Saudi Arabia, Mustafa Arslan for Japan, and Levent Oguz for China.

Ismail Buyukcelebi, who is wanted by Turkey, was responsible for China in 1997 before being assigned to the U.S. in 2010.

Ismail Nazli is responsible for Canada, Osman Karaca for Mexico, and Hamdullah Bayram Ozturk for Brazil.

In Africa, FETO has 20 officials in 20 countries, said the source.

They include Orhan Keskin, its top man in Egypt, Nurettin Kaya in Libya, Ali Kokten in Tunisia, and Hamit Olgun in Algeria.

The terrorist organization is also active in Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia, said the source.

Reporting by Aynur Ekiz; Writing by Diyar Guldogan

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