As tensions rose between the U.S. and Turkey over who to blame for a failed Turkish military coup, the Turkish government pointed an accusing finger at Fethullah Gülen, a former ally turned enemy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Gülen, a Muslim cleric who resides in an isolated compound in the Poconos, leads a movement with many U.S. and Turkish followers. Erdogan has sought Gülen’s arrest on multiple occasions, blaming him and his movement for problems plaguing Turkey.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania earlier this month dismissed a rival Islamic sect’s lawsuit against Gülen, filed on behalf of Turkey, which accused him of inciting followers in Turkey to illegally arrest and detain Erdogan loyalists. Philadelphia lawyer Henry E. Hockeimer Jr., who represented Gülen, called the allegations "completely meritless."

Secretary of State John Kerry stated that claims of any role by the U.S. in the failed coup attempt are false and the State Department would require solid evidence against Gülen to consider a formal extradition request.

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