July 2016 – TURKEY – The coup attempters hit by bomb Turkish parliament, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said. Deputies in parliament also confirmed an explosion. Further explosions were heard during a livecast broadcasting from the general assembly of the parliament, which was evacuated. The plotters killed 17 policemen in an attack on the Gölbaşı Special Forces Department headquarter in the Turkish capital of Ankara, according to the website of Hürriyet. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a phone interview on broadcaster CNNTürk that a “minority group” in the military has attempted a coup. Erdoğan said the parallel state, referring to the followers of the U.S.-based scholar Fethullah Gülen, has promoted the attempt.
“We will not leave the ground to them,” he said, vowing to end the “occupation” by the group, called on nation to unite at squares and airports. Erdoğen said he would also be on the streets. The move is not as part of the chain of command, he said. “I am the chief commander,” he said. Separately, on broadcaster NTV, Erdoğan said by phone that no attempt against himself was made. Later, he appeared on television channels in the Aegean resort town of Marmaris, saying that the attempt was against the national will. A large crowd gathered at Ankara’s Kızılay Avenue. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the attempters will not succeed.
“Over our dead bodies,” he said, thanking all political parties and broadcasters for supporting democracy. He called on soldiers not to obey the coup attempters, adding that this was not ordered by the chief generals. Turkey’s First Army Commander Ümit Dündar said he contacted with the Istanbul governor from the first minute of the uprising. Turkish Navy Chief Bülent Bostanoğlu said “As the commander staff, we openly reject this attempt. General Staff Special Forces commander Gen. Zekai Aksakallı said “the bandits will not succeed. The rebels are a small group in the First Army,” he said. “There is nothing to be worried about and all measures are being taken with the soldiers who remain in the chain of command.”
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said earlier that Turkey is facing an uprising attempt from inside the army, with the state-run Anadolu Agency reporting that Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar is being kept as a hostage with a group. Erdoğan neither confirmed nor denied the information, telling that there was an “obscure atmosphere” of information. A group of civilians attempted to enter the state-run TRT, which is taken over by the group which attempted the coup, but the group inside fired at the group, wounding one person. A military helicopter was shooting fire at the TRT building. A group naming itself “Peace in the Country Council,” published a statement on Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT, which it had taken over during the July 15 coup attempt, that it has taken the power in the country.
The statement said the group so-called council will trial at “fair courts” all those “have betrayed the country. The so-called council also declared a curfew. However, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said this was a “pirate statement,” saying that it was not linked to the military commanders. TURKSAT, the satellite operator, has stopped broadcast of state-run TRT TV after the statement. Broadcaster NTV said a Turkish F-16 fighter jet downed an helicopter operated by the coup plotters. A CNNTürk reporter said a helicopter shoot on the General Staff headquarters in Ankara. CNNTürk reported that two busses full of soldiers entered the headquarters of the state-run TRT in Ankara. Channels started to broadcast weather forecast only.
“This cannot be called a coup for the moment. This is an uprising,” PM Yıldırım said. The security forces are in action against this he said, in phone call to broadcaster NTV. “We will punish it the hardest way,” he also said. “Our security forces will use force against force, he said.” The head of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) said on broadcaster CNNTürk on the phone that a group of soldiers were trying to take them out of the building. He called on citizen to hit the streets against the attempt, similar to pro-government papers on their websites. Atatürk Airport has been closed to traffic, with soldiers waiting in front of it, but later reports said soldiers left the airport.
State-run Anadolu Agency said warplanes and helicopters fired two times on Ankara police center. A number of armored vehicles have cut a main road in Istanbul, where the Istanbul police headquarters is located. Gendarmerie has blocked entrances to bridges in Istanbul from the Anatolian to the European side of the city on July 15. Reports said an explosion was heard in Ankara’s Gölbaşı district. Doğan News Agency reported that police in Ankara called personnel to office. –Hurriyet Daily
Martial law declared – curfew in effect: A coup was attempted in Turkey Friday with a faction of the military taking over state TV, imposing martial law and a curfew and reportedly attacking the police headquarters in the capital of Ankara, according to American and foreign officials. It was not clear who was behind the attempted coup, but a broadcaster for state TV read a letter from a group calling itself the “Turkish peace council” saying that martial law is being imposed. The news anchor says media personnel were handcuffed and forced to read what they were given.
Late The Turkish Chief of Army has been rescued from detention and is back on duty after a military operation, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Those that held him hostage have been “eliminated,” Yildirim said. Yildirim also said that security forces were doing what is necessary to resolve the situation. The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose whereabouts were unknown, urged supporters to take to the streets in defiance, saying that Turkey cannot “be run from Pennsylvania,” a reference to a political opponent of his who is exiled in the United States. Speaking on Turkish television, Yildirim said the military leadership has ordered all soldiers back to their bases. The prime minister called those behind the coup “traitors” and called the move “a terrorist act.” –ABC News
Coup attempt has failed- according to the government: Turkey’s leaders said they have largely quelled an attempted military coup, after army officers claimed to have seized power in the country. Clashes persisted in major cities as tanks blockaded roads, soldiers fought with police and warplanes bombed the parliament in Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Istanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a group of followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. “They will pay a heavy price for their treason,” Erdogan said in comments carried by AHaber.
Meanwhile, clashes persisted around military headquarters in Ankara, while massive explosions continued to rock the capital — where the legislature was hit by at least two airstrikes — and Istanbul. About 60 people have been killed, according to local media outlet Haberturk. –Bloomberg