A failed military coup has left scores dead throughout Turkey including 60 civilian protesters who heeded the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resist the attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government.
TAP – my feeling is that the coup attempt follows hard on the heels of a growing rapprochement between Turkey and Russia. Brexit has sent shockwaves. If Britain’s exiting the EU, and maybe other states after that, what’s the point in Turkey joining the crumbling EU? Russia’s tourism of 4 million visitors a year has collapsed after the shooting down of the Russian jet over Syria. The Turkish air force seems to have been party to the coup attempt with a bombing attempt at Marmaris where Erdogan was on holiday. Did he get a tip-off as he left his accommodation just before the night of the attack? Erdogan has recently apologised to Putin for the attack on his fighter jet in Syria. He is powerless to affect events in Syria with his air force completely grounded by Russian air defence capabilities. Like Murdoch switching sides against the EU in Britain, is the George Soros/EU era coming to an end? Erdogan is reading the wind and wants to get back in with Russia. The CIA/Soros clearly intended to take him out with the bomb/missile at Marmaris. Did Russian intelligence warn Erdogan in advance of the attack?
UPDATE: According to NTV, Erdogan’s residence in Ankara has been attacked by military aircraft of the coup attempt participants. Earlier, a calm was reported in Ankara, military aviation stopped flying over the city. However, intense gunfire exchange resumed soon after.
The president said one chopper attacking presidential residense has been downed.Smoke is rising over the explosion site at the moment, NTV noted.
Local media also reported of Turkish fighters attacking tanks near presidential palace.
On Saturday, Turkey faces the challenge of picking up the pieces after their democracy came under siege by a faction of military forces who sought to end the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan citing the leader’s drift away from the country’s long-held secularist values.
The self-proclaimed “Peace Council” allegedly led by disgraced Colonel Muharrem Kose claimed to have seized control of the government for a short period of time. Kose, who was discharged from his duties in March 2016 for his links to the anti-government Gulenist movement that has been accused of attempting to form a shadow government within Turkey.
Kose’s Peace Council had taken control of the TRT news station, the bridges, and the Ataturk International Airport in what at one point seemed like a successful coup attempt.
President Erdogan countered the military force with an impassioned plea to his countrymen to take to the streets to oppose the military overthrow of the government with millions of Turks heeding the calls. The “Peace Council” responded by opening fire on civilians inside of Turkey by rifle, tank, and helicopter leaving dozens wounded throughout the country.
Fighting continues to take place in Turkey even as the Erdogan government has once again established full control over government buildings, the airport and most of the bridges. A live video above shows ongoing unrest in Ankara with a bridge set aflame.
A senior Turkish official also confirmed that 13 soldiers who tried to enter the presidential palace during the coup attempt have been arrested.
The situation appears to be coming under control with the first flight landing at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport since the start of the failed military coup in what is seen as a sign that the horror that has struck the country is rapidly winding down.
The Turkish Airlines flight is the first to land at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), the third largest in Europe, which was closed amid the military coup.
Turkish servicemen taking part in the military coup attempt in the country have started surrendering on one of the Istanbul bridges across the Bosphorus strait, NTV reports. There are about 50 servicemen who are surrendering as tanks have blocked traffic across the bridge.
More than 600 people detained after a failed coup attempt in the country, NTV reported. Other reports suggest that 330 have been detained across the country on suspicion of being involved in the coup plotting.
President Erdogan made a statement on Turkish television using his iPhone and FaceTime, calling on people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising.
Huge crowds confronted the coup plotters and gunfire and explosions were heard. At least 60 people died in the exchanges.
The president has now returned to Istanbul, calling the coup attempt an “act of treason” and saying the army must be cleansed. He told crowds the government was now back in control.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters.
At least 60 people have died, while more than 700 members of the armed forces have been detained.