Coup attempt in Turkey

More turmoil in the Islamic world with reports of an apparent coup attempt in Turkey.

Stuff: Turkish military in attempted coup, prime minister says

A group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister says, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.

Turkey’s military said on Friday it had seized power, but prime minister Binali Yildirim said the attempted coup would be put down.

If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years.

The armed forces had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights, the military said in a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels. All of Turkey’s existing foreign relations would be maintained and the rule of law would remain the priority, it said.

BBC: Turkey army group announces takeover on TV

An army group in Turkey says it has taken control of the country, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over Ankara.

PM Binali Yildirim earlier denounced an “illegal action” by a military “group”, stressing it was not a coup. He said that the government remained in charge.

Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.

There are reports of gunshots in the capital Ankara.

Other reports said soldiers were inside buildings of the Turkish state broadcaster in Ankara.

Gunfire was also heard outside Istanbul police HQ and tanks are said to be stationed outside Istanbul airport. All flights are cancelled, reports say.

CNN Turk reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “safe” but did not elaborate.

A statement from the military group read out on NTV television said: “The power in the country has been seized in its entirety.” Who represents the group remains uncertain.

Regardless of the outcome more instability is one of ther last things the Middle East needs. Turkey is closely involved with the civil war in Syria and has had serious tensions with Russia recently.

Jim Waterson Retweeted Laura Pitel

Nothing says “I’m in control” like addressing the nation over Skype on a mobile phone.

Turkish TV broadcasts a message from Erdogan claiming he’s in control and will punish the coup leaders:

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Erdogan: I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports. There is no power higher than the power of the people.

A certain grim irony in Erdogan who shut down free media and tried to shut down social media now having to make his statement via facetime.

NBC reporting US military source claiming Erdogan denied landing rights in Istanbul and seeking asylum in Germany.

Turkish military says in statement: to restore constitutional order, human rights, rule of law and democracy we have taken control.

France 24: Chief of Staff of the Turkish army is dead (unconfirmed)

BREAKING VIDEO: Military Helicopter Opens Fire On Turkish Intelligence Agency HQ
http://breaking911.com/gunfire-heard-in-turkish-capital-helicopters-military-jets-overhead/

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23 Comments

  1. Conspiratoor

     /  16th July 2016

    Could be a good thing for turkey and the war on Islamic terrorism as the military is secular and erdogan is an apologist for Islam.
    Uggers will be along shortly to tell us he was right all along. The recent terror attacks were the work of the military in order to create the climate for change

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    • Erdogan is not simply an apologist for Islam, he epitomises all that is rotten amongst Muslim leaders: power hungry; corrupt; and dedicated to turning Turkey away from the sectarian path that Kemal Ataturk put them on. Erdogan is pitting the Airforce against Army Helicopters, Police against Army, and pursuing a divide and conquer strategy. His call for people to take to the streets is not to defend democracy it is to defend the Islamisation of Turkey that would have huge consequences to the balance of power in the Middle East and Europe. The Russians will be delighted, as another domino falls on its strategic borders.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  16th July 2016

        He made his street call wile holidaying on the Black Sea. The irony says it all. A regime corupt to the core.

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    • Erdogan used to support the US against Assad, but seems to have flipped and aligned with Russian interests, which would explain Gulen’s role as a US dark state actor.

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  2. Traveller

     /  16th July 2016

    Secular Turks hate Erdogan, the military and the Kurds hate him, the left and the press hate him. nobody in the West will lament his expulsion. A vacuum has to be better than this fundamentalist..

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  16th July 2016

    The Mirror seems to have this live feed running. So far does not throw much ‘light’ that I can see. (Sorry for using The Mirror in advance.)
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/turkey-coup-live-updates-explosion-8431256

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    • Gezza

       /  16th July 2016

      Al Jazeera is running detailed up-to-the-minute commentary & interviews on it constantly at the moment. Got the telly on in the background. Reports just coming in of a bombing at the Turkish Parliament. They’re talking to reporter on the phone trying to get confirmation.
      11:48 am

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  4. Pete Kane

     /  16th July 2016

    At odds with RNZ and Kim and buddy so must be wrong.
    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘flees country in private jet’ after military launches coup”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-gunfire-reported-ankara-military-8431619#rlabs=1%20rt$category%20p$4
    But the faithful Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

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  5. Blazer

     /  16th July 2016

    this is a very dangerous development….the reality is,Turkey has few friends and is involved in internal strife amongst factions and external policies that find little favour with Russia or the West.

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    • Pete Kane

       /  16th July 2016

      I’m certainly taking the American media with a little salt. On a lighter note, what timming for Borris to ‘ascend’ to the Foreign Office.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  16th July 2016

    Looking as though the coup has failed? Obama has voted for Erdogan.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  16th July 2016

      That makes a tempting target for Trump.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  16th July 2016

        I normally raise my eyebrows a bit when people opine, the military can;t be any worse. Not entirely sure in this case.

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  7. Ray

     /  16th July 2016

    Ankara, jet doing bombing run at the moment. It had gone quiet but two explosions just now 3.25 local time.

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  8. Gezza

     /  16th July 2016

    A Turkish F16 has just shot down a helicopter carrying coup plotters, according to reports just coming in to Al Jazeera.
    12.34 pm

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  9. Ray

     /  16th July 2016

    Parlimentary buildings being bombed now!

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    • Brown

       /  16th July 2016

      If this makes Turkey less Islamic it will be a blessing. I read an article in Quadrant (as I recall) a couple of years ago where some secular Turks were becoming concerned at the shift in attitudes of many people. Even among the educated tolerance was becoming a relative rarity with a hard Islamic line and hatred of anything that rubbed against it becoming apparent.

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      • Gezza

         /  16th July 2016

        Re your last sentence, yes, I understand some Islamic terrorists, those intercepted and those who have carried out suicide attacks, are highly educated. One of them in Australia, if I recall right, was a doctor.

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