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Coup Attempt: Turkish Military Claims It Has Overthrown the Government


A Turkish “military group” is claiming that they have taken the country from the national government, though Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claims the government is still in control. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is safe after fleeing the country in a private jet and gave a declaration via Facetime.

Agence France-Presse reported that a helicopter containing the plotters of the coup had been shot down, which would seem to indicate a swift end is forthcoming for the attempted coup.

Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Hulusi Akar, was being held hostage at the military’s HQ, but has now been released, according to Turkish intelligence sources.

Military vehicles were used to block bridges in Istanbul, while jets have been seen flying over the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was briefly shut down by military forces, but their forces have been repelled and withdrew from the area. Air traffic control organization Eurocontrol hopes to resume flights shortly, according to Reuters.

 

The armed forces said in their statement that they have taken power in order to protect the democratic order of Turkey and to safeguard human rights. However, there have been numerous videos posted to social media of coup forces shooting at civilians, and Turkish mosques, international governments including the United States, and even Erdogan opposition group leaders have all condemned the coup.

 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW



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