The Gülen movement is a terrorist organization under the assigned names Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) and Parallel State Structure (PDY).

FETO Explained

Fethullah Gulen laid the groundwork for an organisation called Hizmet or Service in the 1970s. His religious credentials gained him a strong and loyal following around the world which he later exploited for his own agenda. In the 1990s he went into self-imposed exile from Turkey and has been living in Pennsylvania in the US ever since. Turkey has accused him of being the mastermind behind the 15 July 2016 failed coup attempt.

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US Experts Raise Concern over FETO

“I believe that the Gulen movement in the U.S. presents a unique and unusual security threat,” said Mark Hall, producer, screenwriter and director of the documentary,, “Killing Ed”, which probed the financial practices of FETO-linked charter schools in the U.S.

Alabama shuts down FETO-linked charter school

AEA Associate Executive Director Theron Stokes hailed the decision.

''I hope this case serves as a warning shot to out-of-state corporate interests who may be looking to Alabama to make money in the charter school business,'' Stokes said, accusing Woodland Prep of planning a ''money-grabbing scheme.''

In early August, the AEA filed a lawsuit against Soner Tarim, a Texas-based FETO member, who was seeking to open Woodland Prep charter school in rural southwest Alabama.

According to one of the local reports back then, Tarim was to make more than $300,000 if the charter plan went through, making him the highest-paid official in the poverty-stricken county.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in which over 250 people were killed and nearly 2,200 injured in less than 12 hours.

Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

FETO has a considerable presence internationally, particularly in the US, including private schools which serve as a revenue stream for the terror group.