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Turkish soldiers march after a mass funeral for the victims of a failed military coup last Friday, outside Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, July 17, 2016. The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying Sunday that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country's top generals and hundreds of soldiers. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey declares 3-month state of emergency following failed military coup


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency Wednesday following a failed military coup. 

Erdogan said this step is being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy. 

"This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms," he said. "On the contrary, it aims to protect and strengthen them."

Nearly 6,000 people were detained following  the failed July 15 military coup. Officials said 265 were killed in the coup before Erdogan regained control of the government. 

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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