Turkey fires 1,7000 military officers and closes dozens of media groups


Nearly 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from Turkey's military following the country's failed coup, according to the state-run news agency.

The government has also decided to close down dozens of media organisations, including 45 newspapers and 16 television stations, the Anadolu Agency added.

A sign reading Traitors' Cemetery in an area built specifically to hold bodies of coup plotters (Bram Janssen/AP)

The Turkish government says a US-based Muslim cleric was behind the failed uprising by a faction within the military that led to some 290 deaths on July 15.

Thousands have been detained for suspected links to the coup. Tens of thousands have also been purged from state institutions.