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Turkish generals push against religious extremism

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March 2, 1997
Web posted at: 12:34 p.m. EST (1734 GMT)

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- Turkey's military leaders are reportedly pressing the Islamic government to pass laws against radical Islamic movements.

Turkish newspapers said that the army's generals, in a nine-hour meeting of the National Security Council, demanded that Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan crack down on religious zeal.

The army used a show of force last month to warn Erbakan to steer away from extremism after a rally near Ankara called for an Islamic regime.

 
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