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Erdogan Accuses U.S. General of Siding With Coup Plotters

  • ‘One should be ashamed,’ Erdogan says at police headquarters
  • Central Command chief said crackdown ‘very, very’ troubling

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of U.S. Central Command of “siding with coup plotters” after the general said American contacts were being swept up in Turkey’s post-putsch crackdown, deepening a rift between NATO’s two largest militaries.

“One should be ashamed,” Erdogan said in a televised speech outside the headquarters of police special forces in the capital Ankara, where 50 personnel were killed when a rogue group of officers carried out the July 15-16 revolt.