Former Turkish Air Force chief Ak?n Ozturk maintained army ties with Jewish state in the 1990s
By Times of Israel staff and AP July 16, 2016, 6:26 pm
Turkish media on Saturday named former Turkish Air Force chief Ak?n Ozturk as one of the main instigators of the country’s attempted coup on Friday.
Ozturk, who led he air force between 2013 and 2015 before retiring from the army last year, was also the nation’s military attaché to Israel in the 1990s; he served in the Jewish state between 1996-1998.
Turkey’s president has also blamed a US-based cleric for being behind the failed takeover attempt. Washington has said it would entertain an extradition request for Fethullah Gulen.
But US Secretary of State John Kerry also said that Turkey’s government would have to prove Gulen’s wrongdoing.
Visiting Luxembourg, Kerry said Turkey hasn’t yet requested that the United States send home Gulen, who left Turkey in 1999.