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At Least 161 Killed, Scores Wounded as
Turkish Military Attempts Coup






Published July 16, 2016 FoxNews.com

ISTANBUL – Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed he is in control of the country early Saturday as loyal military and police forces quashed a coup attempt during a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left scores dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim revised the number of dead in the clashes to 161. Acting chief of staff Gen. Umit Dundar said earlier that among those dead were police officers, soldiers, civilians and more than 100 described as “coup plotters.”

Dundar said that officers from the Air Force, military police and the armored units were mainly involved in the coup attempt.

Erdogan, who flew home early Saturday, vowed that coup supporters "will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey."

The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

More than 2,839 people have been detained and more than 1,440 were wounded, Yildirim said. Colonels and generals implicated in the rebellion were fired and loyal troops rescued the military chief who had been taken hostage at an air base on the outskirts of Ankara.

Erdogan made his way to the Ataturk airport early Saturday and spoke to the crowds that gathered to greet him.

"They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."

Military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar is taking over the command of the operation against the coup plotters, CNN-Turk said.

Fighting continued into the early morning, with the sounds of huge blasts echoing across Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex. Television footage showed images of broken glass and other debris strewn across a lobby leading to the assembly hall.

CNN-Turk said two bombs hit near the presidential palace, killing five people and wounding a number of others.

Earlier, the state-run television broadcaster TRT was similarly knocked off the air, but later came back online.

In his TV address, Erdogan blamed the attack on supporters of Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan has long accused the cleric and his supporters of attempting to overthrow the government. The cleric lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.

The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

Turkey, a NATO member, is a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq. A coup against the democratically elected government could make it difficult for the United States to continue to cooperate with Turkey.

Turkey's Police Chief Celalettin Lekesiz said 16 coup plotters were killed in clashes at Turkey's military police command.

In images broadcast on CNN-Turk, dozens of soldiers walked among tanks with their hand held up, surrendering to government forces on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge. Discarded gear was strewn on the ground. People, some holding flags, climbed onto the tanks.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called all legislators for an emergency meeting Saturday, Anadolu reported.

In Washington, a statement from the White House said President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that both sides "should support the democratically elected government of Turkey, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed."

A senior Defense Department official told Fox News that the unrest was having "no impact" on anti-ISIS missions flown out of Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement calling for "calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions and its constitution."

The coup attempt began late Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."

Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul's airport for a couple of hours before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency.

But the military did not appear unified, as top commanders went on television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Shame Erdogan didn't turn into Erdogone. Now watch as his control tightens further and secularism becomes a thing of the past for Turkey.
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Turkey Coup Attempt:

Some 6,000 People Detained, Says Minister





Thousands of soldiers have been rounded up in the aftermath of the coup attempt
AFP

15 minutes ago

Turkey has so far detained 6,000 people over Friday's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said.

"The clean-up operations are continuing," he told state media, adding that the number of arrests will rise further.

The sweep has included high-ranking soldiers and judges. More than 50 senior soldiers were detained in the western province of Denizli on Sunday.

At least 265 people were killed in clashes as the coup failed.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says parliament might consider a proposal to introduce the death penalty.

Mr Erdogan has accused a US-based Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen of being behind the plot, which Mr Gulen denies.

The attempted coup began on Friday night when a faction of the military took over key bridges in Istanbul and attacked parliament buildings in Ankara.



Thousands of people heeded Mr Erdogan's call to rise up against the coup-plotters, and by Saturday morning the rebel soldiers began to surrender their positions.

But a night of explosions, gunfire and clashes left 161 civilians and police dead, and more than 1,440 injured. The government said 104 'plotters' were killed.

High-level arrests

At least 3,000 soldiers have been arrested and some 2,700 judges sacked since the coup came to an end.

Major General Ozhan Ozbakir, commander of the Denizli garrison and the 11th Commando Bridgade, was among the senior military figures arrested on Sunday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Other top-ranking arrests include Gen Erdal Ozturk, commander of the Third Army; Gen Adem Huduti, commander of the Second Army; and Akin Ozturk, the former Chief of Air Staff.



Turkey has also requested the extradition from Greece of eight military officers who flew there in a Turkish military helicopter to claim political asylum as the coup began to unravel.

One of Turkey's most senior judges, Alparslan Altan, was taken into custody on Saturday. Some 44 judges and prosecutors were detained overnight in the central city of Konya and 92 in the south-eastern city of Gazientep, the private Dogan news agency reports.

'Harmful insinuations'

Mr Erdogan said that those behind the plot would pay a heavy price, calling the coup a "gift from God... because this will be a reason to cleanse our army".


He called on the US to extradite Mr Gulen.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Turkey should "present us with any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny. And the United States will accept that and look at it and make judgements about it appropriately".

Mr Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup and said "as someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt".

The 75-year-old has been in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania for the past 15 years, and said: "I don't even known who my followers [in Turkey] are."

Turkey's Labour Minister Suleyman Soylu suggested on Saturday that the US had been behind the coup - an allegations that received a strong rebuke from Mr Kerry.

"Public insinuations or claims about any role by the US in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations," he reportedly told his Turkish counterpart by phone.

US President Barack Obama has joined other world leaders in calling for all parties in Turkey to "act within the rule of law".

Why did coup happen? - Jeremy Bowen, BBC News Middle East Editor

The attempted coup happened because Turkey is deeply divided over President Erdogan's project to transform the country and because of the contagion of violence from the war in Syria.

President Erdogan and his AK Party have become experts at winning elections, but there have always been doubts about his long-term commitment to democracy. He is a political Islamist who has rejected modern Turkey's secular heritage. Mr Erdogan has become increasingly authoritarian and is trying to turn himself into a strong executive president.

From the beginning Mr Erdogan's government has been deeply involved in the war in Syria, backing Islamist opposition to President Assad. But violence has spread across the border, helping to reignite the fight with the Kurdish PKK, and making Turkey a target for the jihadists who call themselves Islamic State.

That has caused a lot of disquiet. Turkey has faced increasing turmoil and the attempt to overthrow President Erdogan will not be the last of it.

Read more: Why Turkey's stability matters


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Sultan Erdogan on his way to bring back the good 'ole Ottomanism. Ataturk is turning in his grave right now.
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Yep, what did I predict. He calls it God's gift to clear out the army, I call it managed and engineered. This was too poorly organised and they gave up too easily. This is just the excuse Erdogan needed.
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I believe you had it pegged from the getgo. To these types of govt officials live simply put, do not matter.

I fear we "might" be seeing the same attitudes developing in this country.... I wouldn't put it past Obama to use these, far too frequent, Police Ambush shootings as an excuse to call marshal law and perhaps postpone elections.

I do not trust our current govt.
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That Ralph, is also something that I alluded to. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if something is engineered that allows Obama to cling on to power.
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