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'Operation Sledgehammer' goes to trial
A trial has opened in Turkey this week over the so-called 'Operation Sledgehammer'. 200 members of the military, including some senior commanders, are accused of plotting to overthrow the AKP government in 2003. The AKP has mildly Islamist roots, though Turkey itself and the military are secular. The government's critics say the trial's politically motivated, but there's no doubt it's bringing deep divisions within the country to the fore.
By Assia SHIHAB
Programme prepared by Kate Williams, Marie Billon and Patrick Lovett