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Turkey coup?

Old 16th Jul 2016, 02:34
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You couldn't make this up !

Live on the phone from the CNN Editor in Chief in Istanbul:

Coup soldiers land in a helicopter in the parking lot of the CNN building.

The soldiers take over the building and order the anchor of the air at gunpoint.

The building gets surrounded by numerous pro-government supporters.

The pro-government police arrive and arrest the coup soldiers.

The police are now protecting the coup soldiers in the building from the demonstrators outside.

Elsewhere live coverage of coup soldiers being frog-marched off 2:1 by armed "police" in irregular clothes.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 02:43
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Interesting footage of soldiers being confronted by a crowd. One fires into the air but clearly has no will to go further as the crowd end up passing him.
Wouldn't want to be in his shoes.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 03:07
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A senior US military source tells NBC News that Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany. The report could not immediately be independently confirmed.
1,000,001........
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 03:14
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Helicopter firing on civilians:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPJ47KpPKkM
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 03:37
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In the UK, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was “very concerned” about the events.
Not exaclty having a quiet first couple of days in the job.

Reports saying things improving

A lawyer for the Turkish government says "there are indications of direct involvement" in the coup attempt of a cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania.

Robert Amsterdam said in a statement Friday evening that he and his firm "have attempted repeatedly to warn the U.S. government of the threat posed" by Fethullah Gulen and his movement.

He says that according to Turkish intelligence sources, "there are signs that Gulen is working closely with certain members of military leadership against the elected civilian government."

The president of a group that promotes Gulen's ideas denied the charges.

Y. Alp Aslandogan of the New York-based Alliance for Shared Values tells The Associated Press "we categorically deny such accusations and find them to be highly irresponsible."

Earlier in the evening, the alliance said, "we condemn any military intervention in (the) domestic politics of Turkey."
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world...cid=spartanntp
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 04:06
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Seems to be pretty much over now - poorly executed at a relatively low level (colonel level is the guess at present from US TV armchair experts). US former military officers calling Turkish mates at one-star level and above being told they have no idea WTF is going on or who started it.

When it came to it, and a tank seen on TV was surrounded by literally thousands of civilians, the co-ax gun was fired above their heads without effect rather than at them and then the tank crew accepted they weren't going anywhere.

There have been casualties, initially civilians on the Bosphorus Bridge as televised, and various reports of loud explosions either tank main armament or helicopter borne munitions near the Parliament building.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 04:12
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Turkish PM has ordered that any outstanding aircraft hijacked by coup forces are to be shot down. Aircraft scrambled from Eskisehir.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 04:15
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Prosecutor's Office has stated that at least 42 killed - including the 17 police mentioned earlier exchanging fire with the helicopter.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 04:45
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Well, I got to hear some very low jet passes last night! Nothing else fortunately.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 05:12
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F-16s attacking coup manned tanks near Presidential Palace in Ankara.

Around 50 coup personnel abandoned their tanks on the Bosphorus Bridge, layed down their small arms and surrendered to police. The few police guarding the tanks and weapons were unable to stop some of the civilians making off with small arms according to eye witnesses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS3iaE3xUSY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEFr6t5etUk

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Old 16th Jul 2016, 06:06
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Good for promotion in the Turkish Armed Forces now that a cadre of senior/middle level officers etc have "retired"....
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 07:26
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Graphic scenes.
Wild mob.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNY7cWLx-l4
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 07:51
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This will delay their entry to the EU, good job we are leaving
Turkey has been blocked from EU entry for 40 years, any EU state can and has veto entry. Explain how Turkey is EVER going to join the EU, its impossible.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 08:34
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Turkey has been blocked from EU entry for 40 years, any EU state can and has veto entry. Explain how Turkey is EVER going to join the EU, its impossible.
I don't feel safe to use names etc but I don't imagine that those in power at the moment want to be part of the EU at all - this seems to me to be the most significant barrier. They talk about it a bit but there's no enthusiasm for any of the reforms that are needed - especially the ones concerning the press etc.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 11:12
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Helicopter +8 reported landed in Greece asking for asylum. Ironic eh?
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 11:24
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Probably the first genuine cases of asylum seekers Greece has had in a while.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 13:39
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Sadly I suspect some Turkish officers will find themselves literally with their backs to the wall. Whether the attempt will be enough to divert Erdogan from his present move towards an Islamic state I doubt.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 15:13
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BBC reporting that Incirlik Airbase has been blockaded and the power turned off.
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Old 16th Jul 2016, 15:13
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Turkey has been blocked from EU entry for 40 years, any EU state can and has veto entry. Explain how Turkey is EVER going to join the EU, its impossible.
As of 2013/2014 it was 982,000,000 euros and rising.
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Incirlik. I wouldnt be surprised if there are Nuclear weapons stored there.
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