With great interest I read “Chaos in Turkey” [News, July 16]. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that those responsible for the attempted coup will pay “a heavy price.”

Without any investigation, Erdogan accused Fethullah Gulen, a self-exiled cleric, of plotting to overthrow Turkish democracy. Unfortunately, for Erdogan, “Turkish democracy” has conveniently become a toy for his own use.

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Additionally, when it is convenient for him, he provides tacit support to the Islamic State group, and it’s no secret that his son Bilal profits from selling oil within ISIS-controlled territory.

The U.S. government should reject any calls to extradite Gulen to Turkey and its undemocratic President Erdogan.

Ilya Rubinstein, Sheepshead Bay