Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan says media raids a response to "dirty" plot

December 15, 2014 6:50 PM

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Izmit, Turkey: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended weekend raids on media outlets close to a US-based Muslim cleric as a necessary response to "dirty operations" by the government's political enemies, and told a critical European Union to mind its own business.

Sunday's raids on the Zaman daily and Samanyolu television marked an escalation in Mr Erdogan's battle with former ally Fethullah Gulen. The two have been in open conflict since a corruption probe targeting Mr Erdogan's inner circle a year ago, which Mr Erdogan blamed on Mr Gulen.

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