UPDATE: Turkish Military Says It Has Seized Control From Ankara Government.
Turkish prime minister says attempted military coup underway; military jets and helicopters seen flying low over Ankara and tanks reported in the streets; two major bridges in Istanbul are closed to traffic.
Erdogan is a vicious, brutal dictator. Obama’s “most trusted” and “favorite” ally is not popular in the once-moderate Turkey. He fancies himself a caliph (perhaps Obama does too, and that is why they get along so famously).
Let’s hope they succeed, or at the very least that this is just the beginning.
Gunfire was heard and jets were seen flying in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Friday as Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a group within Turkey’s military had attempted to overthrow the government.
“Turkish PM: Military group attempting a coup, they will pay,” By Times of Israel staff and Agencies July 15, 2016,
Binali Yildirim tells local TV that country would never permit ‘initiative that would interrupt democracy’; aircraft seen in skies of Ankara; Istanbul bridges closed
Turkey’s prime minister said Friday that a group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.
Binali Yildirim told NTV television: “It is correct that there was an attempt.”
Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy.”
“We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt,” he told the television by telephone, without expanding on the nature of the move but saying it was by a group in the Turkish military.
“Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price,” he added, but said it would not be correct to describe the move as a “coup.”
Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of the Turkey’s military headquarters.
Turkish military jets were heard flying low over Ankara on Friday night, along with reports of tanks in the streets of the Turkish capital and the sounds of gunfire.
According to the Reuters news agency, a local witness said that military helicopters were seen also flying overhead in Ankara.
In Istanbul, both of the bridges into the city were closed, local media said, and traffic was reportedly being diverted. There was no explanation for the move, Reuters reported.
CNN Turk also said that the bridges over the Bosphorus River had been closed by military police.
There were also reports that social media in Turkey had been shut down, even as information from the country still appeared to be filtering through on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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