Former Fatah military strongman Dahran wanted for Turkish coup after wanted by Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of the Interior announced on the 13th that Mohammed Dahran, an exiled Palestinian politician and a former Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) military strongman, was included in the terrorist’s “number one wanted order”, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira USD).

    The Turkish Interior Ministry said in a statement that Dahran was suspected of participating in the 2016 Turkish attempted coup, seeking to change the constitutional order by force, and various espionage-related activities.

    An attempted military coup in Turkey in July 2016 killed 250 people. The Turkish government has identified Fethulla Gulen, a Turkish religious figure living in the United States, and his “Gulun movement” as the mastermind.

    Dakhlan has held positions such as head of the Palestinian intelligence agency and head of the Palestinian security forces in the Gaza Strip. In December 2010, the Fatah Central Committee announced that it would suspend Dakhlan’s participation in the Central Committee meeting indefinitely. He has been in exile in the United Arab Emirates since 2011.

    Reuters reports that during the Gaza Strip, Dahran was a tough opponent of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance (Hamas), which has approached relations with Turkey. Dakhlan has recently publicly criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Updated: December 15, 2019 — 8:36 am

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