Turkish police raid media close to cleric rival Gulen, detain 23

December 14, 2014 2:02 PM

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ISTANBUL - Turkish police raided media outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him.

The raids on Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television marked an escalation of Erdogan's battle with former ally Gulen, with whom he has been in open conflict since a graft investigation targeting Erdogan's inner circle emerged a year ago.

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