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Erdogan vows to go after businesses linked to coup bid

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in a conference of the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Erdogan vowed to go after businesses linked to a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of having been behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup. The Turkish government characterizes the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, as a terrorist organization. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in a conference of the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Erdogan vowed to go after businesses linked to a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of having been behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup. The Turkish government characterizes the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, as a terrorist organization. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman walks with a child at Taksim square in Istanbul, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The Turkish government has launched a sweeping crackdown on the movement of Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, since the attempted coup, with nearly 70,000 people suspended or dismissed from jobs in the civil service, judiciary, education, health care, the military and the media.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A woman walks with a child at Taksim square in Istanbul, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The Turkish government has launched a sweeping crackdown on the movement of Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, since the attempted coup, with nearly 70,000 people suspended or dismissed from jobs in the civil service, judiciary, education, health care, the military and the media. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in a conference of the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Erdogan vowed to go after businesses linked to a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of having been behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup. The Turkish government characterizes the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, as a terrorist organization. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in a conference of the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Erdogan vowed to go after businesses linked to a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of having been behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup. The Turkish government characterizes the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, as a terrorist organization. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to go after businesses linked to a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of having been behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup.

The Turkish government characterizes the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, as a terrorist organization.

Speaking Thursday to the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Erdogan said the government was "determined to totally cut off all business links of this organization, which has blood on its hands."

He added that "every cent" that goes to the Gulen movement "is a bullet placed in a barrel to be fired against this nation. In the same way that we do not pardon those who fire the bullet, we will not forgive those who financed the bullet."