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Turkish police raid 44 companies in probe into failed coup

  • A woman passes a picture of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim for the 15th anniversary of AKP party as the sign reads ''The people's voice, Turkey's party, it's now fifteen years old'' in Istanbul, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Turkey's state-run news agency says police teams are conducting operations at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A woman passes a picture of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim for the 15th anniversary of AKP party as the sign reads ''The people's voice, Turkey's party, it's now fifteen years old'' in Istanbul, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Turkey's state-run news agency says police teams are conducting operations at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Police teams on Monday apprehended 136 personnel in operations conducted at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service via AP)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Police teams on Monday apprehended 136 personnel in operations conducted at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vehicles pass the Valens Aqueduct with a banner reading ''We are the nation, we won't let Turkey fall to coups and terrorism'' in Istanbul, on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Turkey's state-run news agency says police teams are conducting operations at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Vehicles pass the Valens Aqueduct with a banner reading ''We are the nation, we won't let Turkey fall to coups and terrorism'' in Istanbul, on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Turkey's state-run news agency says police teams are conducting operations at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies suspected of providing financial support to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement.

Turkey accuses Gulen of being behind the July 15 failed coup, a claim Gulen denies.

The Anadolu Agency says Tuesday's raids in Istanbul's Umraniye and Uskudar districts came after authorities issued warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the investigation into the coup attempt. The agency did not identify the companies searched.

The government has launched a massive crackdown on suspected supporters of Gulen's movement. More than 35,000 people have been detained for questioning while tens of thousands of others have been dismissed from government jobs, including in the judiciary, media, education, health care, military and local government.