Turkish coup: Death toll rises to 161, updates

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An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble on Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets to support him and dozens of rebel soldiers abandoned their tanks in the main city of Istanbul.

At least 161 people were killed, 1440 injured and soldiers that were linked to the coup were arrested on Saturday 2839 according to Turkish PM. The violence erupted on Friday after a faction of the armed forces attempted to seize power, officials said.

A successful overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would have marked one of the biggest shifts in the Middle East in years, transforming one of the most important U.S. allies while war rages on its border. A failed coup attempt could still destabilise a pivotal country.

Mr. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the southwest coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV among a crowd of supporters outside Ataturk Airport.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounces a bid by a group in the military to topple his government as a “black stain” on Turkish democracy. “The night of July 15, Friday is a black stain on Turkish democracy,” Mr. Yildirim says, adding that “we have averted serious trouble.”

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency is reporting that soldiers who have taken over the Chief of General Staff Headquarters as part of an attempted coup have requested negotiations to surrender.

Some 104 coup plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, the acting Army chief says.

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3 responses to “Turkish coup: Death toll rises to 161, updates”

  1. The most important – and unmentioned – casualty is Turkey’s possibly last chance to join the civilized world. Welcome to the nightmare of Erdoganistan instead.

    1. Oh Yeah Avatar

      I don’t understand why Lebanese supporters and members of the Islamic group Jamaa Islamiya deploy a giant portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration to support him following a deadly but foiled coup attempt by an army faction on July 16, 2016 outside the Islamic Turkish hospital in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon. Afterall they are not turks – Strange Middle East….
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c1cbaacd15fa7e02471f7d2de8aeda5755e975f3aee68f0c7c2ed3e2f045b10.jpg / AFP / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT

      Erdoganistan existing already, and that with the support of Bundeskanzlerin Merkel; “It is and remains the people’s right to determine the free elections, whoever ruled”:
      Bundeskanzlerin Merkel has found clear words for the coup plotters in Turkey.

      Turkey’s possibility to join the civilized world is used up, but Erdogan is too busy with the ‘Imam against Sultan’ game – mortal enemies Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen.
      The head of state blames the preacher https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a225205b2c6b7f9cf5dfd7abdfd73931808ccfe0779a2fcfda3f47b3fd1e80f6.jpg for the attempted coup in Turkey.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Because everyone has to ‘support’ any bonehead in their ‘sect’ no matter how useless they are.
        Or what they may or may not have done.

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