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Turkey’s most wanted: from grey to red

Turkey published a list of its most wanted terrorists with the names and other details of 728 people, ranking them in five color-coded categories

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Turkey published a list of its most wanted terrorists on Wednesday, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch-nemesis, leaders of the outlawed Kurdish rebel movement and the ISIS group.

The list carries the names and other details of 728 people, ranking them in five color-coded categories from red - the most wanted - through to blue, green, orange and grey.

In the red is U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who has been charged with “terrorism” for allegedly plotting to overthrow Erdogan through the activities of a so-called “parallel state”.

The interior ministry published the list on the same day riot police stormed television stations owned by a conglomerate linked to Gulen, an erstwhile supporter of Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) who became its enemy number one.

Others on the red list include top leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), including one of its founders Cemil Bayik, acting leader Murat Karayilan and senior commander Duran Kalkan, according to the Anatolia news agency.

In all, there are 72 members of the PKK, which renewed its bloody three-decade armed campaign against the government in Ankara after a bomb attack in July that killed 34 pro-Kurdish activists.

The overall list also includes 12 members of the ISIS group, which Turkey says was behind the twin suicide bombing in Ankara on October 10 that killed 102 people in the worst such attack in the country’s history.

Others named are militants from the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front (DKHP-C) and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party.

Any information leading to the capture of those named may result in an reward of between 300,000 lira (around $100,000 or 90,000 euros) and four million lira ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros), according to the website www.terorarananlar.pol.tr.