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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:57 am

Turkey coup attempt: Crackdown toll passes 50,000

More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey's government in the wake of last week's failed coup.

The purge of those deemed disloyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened on Tuesday to include teachers, university deans and the media.

The government says they are allied to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denies claims he directed the uprising.

PM Binali Yildirim said the preacher led a "terrorist organisation".

"We will dig them up by their roots," he told parliament.

Turkey is pressing the US to extradite Mr Gulen and the issue was raised during a phone call between US President Barack Obama and President Erdogan on Tuesday, the White House said.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said a decision on whether or not to extradite would be made under a treaty between the two countries

A Turkish government spokesman suggested that the US should be able to extradite the cleric "on grounds of suspicion" rather than requiring facts of the case against him.

"There is very strong suspicion for his [Gulen's] involvement in this coup attempt. So this is sufficient grounds," said spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

For his part, Mr Gulen says claims he was behind the coup attempt are "ridiculous".

"I urge the US government to reject any effort to abuse the extradition process to carry out political vendettas," he said in a statement..

President Erdogan is due to chair meetings of his national security council and cabinet in the capital, Ankara, on Wednesday, after returning to the city for the first time since the attempted coup.

The BBC's Nick Thorpe in Ankara says that the meeting will be the president's first chance since the coup attempt to sit and talk in person with all key members of the government and armed forces.

Mr Erdogan's task is to re-impose stability amid the turmoil, our correspondent adds, and to reassure the country and Turkey's allies abroad that he is not embarking on a witch-hunt against his many critics.

The Pentagon said that talks also took place on Tuesday between Defence Secretary Ash Carter and his Turkish counterpart, regarding the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey.

The base is used by the US-led coalition fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Turkish government crackdown widened on Tuesday to include the education sector and government departments.

Turkish media announced that:

15,200 teachers and other education staff had been sacked
1,577 university deans were ordered to resign
8,777 interior ministry workers were dismissed
1,500 staff in the finance ministry had been fired
257 people working in the prime minister's office were sacked

Turkey's media regulation body on Tuesday also revoked the licences of 24 radio and TV channels accused of links to Mr Gulen.

The news came on top of the arrests of more than 6,000 military personal and the sackings of nearly 9,000 police officers. About 3,000 judges have also been suspended.

The removal of thousands of officials has alarmed international observers, with the UN urging Turkey to uphold the rule of law and defend human rights.

A senior German official said on Tuesday that "a deep split" had opened in Turkey, and he feared the divisions would cause unrest among Germany's large Turkish community.

"The danger of an escalation in violence between Erdogan supporters and opponents has also risen in Germany," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has accused Turkey of carrying out "revenge" against its opponents and critics.

He also said a debate around restoring the death penalty was "deeply worrying". The EU has warned such a move would end talks over Turkey joining the bloc.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:19 pm

Turkey coup attempt: Academics banned from going abroad

Turkey has temporarily banned all academics from travelling abroad, officials say.

The move follows last week's failed coup and comes amid a wide-ranging purge of state employees.

More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended, including about 21,000 teachers.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is chairing meetings of his national security council and cabinet in the capital, Ankara.

It is the first time since he has returned to the city after the attempted coup on Friday.

The BBC's Nick Thorpe in Ankara says that the meeting will be the president's first chance since the coup attempt to sit and talk in person with all key members of the government and armed forces.

Mr Erdogan's task is to re-impose stability amid the turmoil, our correspondent adds, and to reassure Turkey and its allies abroad that he is not embarking on a witch-hunt against his many critics.

So far about 1,577 university deans (faculty heads) have been asked to resign in addition to 21,000 teachers and 15,000 education ministry officials.

As soon as it became clear that the coup had failed, the purges began - first with the security forces, then spreading to Turkey's entire civilian infrastructure.

Turkey extended the clear-out to the education sector because it says it wants to root out supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of organising the attempted putsch.

The Higher Education Council has asked university rectors to "urgently examine the situation of all academic and administrative personnel" linked to what it calls the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (Feto) and report back by 5 August.

It has also told universities that academics who are already abroad on work or study missions should return home "within the shortest possible time".

A government official told the Reuters news agency that the ban on academics travelling abroad was a temporary measure implemented to stop alleged coup plotters in universities from fleeing abroad.

Turkey is pressing the US to extradite Mr Gulen and the issue was raised during a phone call between US President Barack Obama and President Erdogan on Tuesday, the White House said.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said a decision on whether or not to extradite would be made under a treaty between the two countries.

In a separate development Turkey has barred access to the WikiLeaks website soon after it posted about 300,000 emails sent by President Erdogan's AK Party dating from 2000 to early July 2016.

Wikileaks said that although the documents were obtained before the attempted coup, the date of their publication was brought forward "in response to the government's post-coup purges".

The source of the emails was not linked to the coup plotters or to a rival political party or country, WikiLeaks said.

Turkey's military also announced on Wednesday that it had resumed cross-border strikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, killing about 20 alleged militants. They were the first since the attempted coup.

F-16 jets were reported to have targeted positions of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq's Hakurk region, Anadolu Agency reported.

The Turkish military has regularly targeted suspected PKK bases in Iraq since last year.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:21 am

Turkish lawmakers set to give Erdogan sweeping new powers

Turkish lawmakers are expected Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowing him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week's failed coup.

The 550-member Parliament is set to approve Erdogan's request Wednesday for a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan's Justice and Development Party account for 317 members in the chamber.

In an address to the nation late Wednesday, Erdogan announced a cabinet decision to seek the additional powers, saying the state of emergency would give the government the tools to rid the military of the "virus" of subversion. He didn't specify exactly what the state of emergency would entail.

Under the Turkish constitution, the emergency measures allow the government to "partially or entirely" suspend "the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms," so long as it does not violate international law obligations. Lawmakers can sanction, under the terms of the constitution, a state of emergency for a period of up to six months.

A state of emergency has never been initiated across Turkey as a whole though it was declared in the restive southeast of the country between 1987 and 2002. There, governors were able to impose curfews, call in military forces to suppress demonstration, and issue search warrants.

Even without the emergency measures, the government has already imposed a crackdown that has included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools.

On Thursday, Turkish state media said a further 32 judges and two military officers have been detained by authorities during the crackdown since last week's coup.

Already, nearly 10,000 people have been arrested while hundreds of schools have been closed. Additionally, as of Thursday, 58,881 civil service employees have been dismissed, forced to resign or had their licenses revoked.

Countries around the world are keeping a close watch on developments in Turkey, which straddles Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday the state of emergency should only last as long as it's "absolutely necessary."

Steinmeier said it's important that "the rule of law, a sense of proportion and commensurably are preserved" and that it's in Turkey's interest to "keep the state of emergency only for the duration that is absolutely necessary and then immediately end it."

Any action stemming from the new powers should only be taken against those with "a provable involvement in punishable actions" and not "an alleged political attitude," Steinmeier added.

Erdogan, who had been accused of autocratic conduct even before this week's tough crackdown, said the state of emergency would counter threats to Turkish democracy.

"This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms," Erdogan said Wednesday after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and security advisers.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:59 pm

Turkey coup attempt: Who's the target of Erdogan's purge?

After the failed coup, the crackdown. The number of people arrested or thrown out of their jobs stretches into the tens of thousands.

From judges to teachers, civil servants to soldiers, the list is extensive.

There are very real fears among Turks about what will come next.

So who is being targeted and why?

As soon as it became clear that the coup had failed, the crackdown began - first with the security forces, then spreading to Turkey's entire civilian infrastructure. In the words of one Turkish columnist it was a "counter-coup" - a cleansing of the system, in the style of a coup, that had taken place in the past.

The express aim of the president is to "cleanse all state institutions". And the target is what he calls "the parallel state" - a movement headed by an arch-rival in self-imposed exile in the US, accused of plotting the coup.

No-one really knows how extensive that movement is, but followers of cleric Fethullah Gulen are suspected of infiltrating some of the posts closest to the president, including chief military aide Ali Yazici and air force adviser Lt Col Erkan Kivrak,

A "Gulenist clique" in the army was behind the coup, officials say. And they came so close, says the president, that they were within 10 or 15 minutes of assassinating or kidnapping him. More on the Gulenists later.

Erdogan - Turkey's ruthless president

Who is being purged?

The purge is so extensive that few believe it was not already planned. And there seems little chance that everyone on the list is a Gulenist.

The sheer numbers are sobering. Some 9,000 people are in custody and many more are out of a job. Although accurate details are difficult to come by, this is the current list:

7,500 soldiers have been detained, including 118 generals and admirals
8,000 police have been removed from their posts and 1,000 arrested
3,000 members of the judiciary, including 1,481 judges, have been suspended
15,200 education ministry officials have lost their jobs
21,000 private school teachers have had their licences revoked
1,577 university deans (faculty heads) have been asked to resign
1,500 finance ministry staff have been removed
492 clerics, preachers and religious teachers have been fired
393 social policy ministry staff have been dismissed
257 prime minister's office staff have been removed
100 intelligence officials have been suspended

The list may be incomplete because the situation is constantly changing. But it is clear that the purge has affected well over 58,000 people.

Turkey's purge

Why education?

President Erdogan has seen the rise of Islamic education in Turkey's schools and universities as a personal mission.

Since his Islamist-rooted party came to power in 2002, the number of children educated in segregated religious schools known as "Imam-Hatip" has soared by 90%. He has repeatedly said he wants to raise a "pious generation" and has reformed state education accordingly.

Read Selin Girit's account on the rise of Imam-Hatip schools: Turkish students fear assault on secular education

Mr Erdogan sought to reverse the many closures of religious schools that came in the wake of Turkey's last coup in 1997, which he compared to the cutting of an artery.

He has also moved to shut down Gulenist-run schools outside Turkey. Reports from Romania say Turkish officials have told 11 to close, but the schools argue they fall under Romanian rather than Turkish jurisdiction.

What is less clear is why university deans are also being targeted. The officials told to leave their posts are unlikely to be Gulenists. There is some suggestion that a revamp of Turkey's 300 universities is being prepared.

On Wednesday, Turkey's higher education authority banned academics from travelling abroad and said anyone currently outside Turkey should return home.

The curious case of Erdogan's degree

And why so many civil servants?

This could hark back to a 2010 cheating scandal in Turkey's civil service exams. When 3,227 were suspected of cheating because they scored top marks, the government suspected Gulenists.

The post-coup purge may be the time to get rid of the suspected cheats.

Another possibility is that the government is also weeding out opponents from Turkey's Alevi community, which numbers some 15 million.

Turkey's ruling AKP is predominantly a Sunni Muslim party which gains support from an Islamist base. The Alevi sect combines elements of Shia Islam with pre-Islamic folk customs.

What will Erdogan do next?

There are deep suspicions and widespread fears of what the president is planning next. He is expected to make a major announcement on Wednesday.

Some have compared the crackdown to the fallout of the military coup of 12 September 1980. But that resulted in executions and 600,000 detentions, so current events are far less dramatic.

There seems little chance of martial law being declared, as the army is so deeply damaged by the botched coup.

But emergency measures could be on the cards. Detention without charge could be extended and firing civil servants could be approved without the need for parliamentary approval.

Will there be curfews? That seems unlikely when it suits the government to have supporters on the streets at night.

Will the death penalty be reinstated 12 years after its abolition?

Will Erdogan bring back death penalty?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36835340
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Piling » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:44 pm

Will the death penalty be reinstated 12 years after its abolition?


If it happens, I wonder how he could explain to his supporters his decision to not execute Öcalan.
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:08 am

Piling wrote:
Will the death penalty be reinstated 12 years after its abolition?


If it happens, I wonder how he could explain to his supporters his decision to not execute Öcalan.


Erdogan is a megalomaniac who truly thinks he God

He is in the process of making himself omnipotent

Everyone who could have stood against him has been removed

Logic says in order to keep dissenters subdued he will reinstated the death penalty

Once reinstated the death penalty may well be used to annihilate Ocalan

Execute Ocalan and Kurds will rebel - if they can switch off Turkish TV long enough - giving Erdogan the perfect opportunity to bring in yet more curfews and destroy even more Kurdish land
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:43 am

Turkey to suspend European human rights convention following failed coup

"The purpose of the state of emergency is to most effectively and swiftly take steps necessary to eliminate the threat to democracy in our country," Erdogan said, adding that EU has no right to criticize the decision.

Under the emergency measure, the Turkish president and his ministers are allowed to bypass the parliament in passing new laws. Rights and freedoms in the country may also be limited or suspended if the government decides to do so, the news agency explained.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:09 pm

A new poll says one-third of Turks think President Erdogan was behind last week's coup


It seems that I am far from being the only person who believes Erdogan was behind the coup :ymdevil:
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:36 pm

Diyarbakir organizations, schools closed down for suspected link to coup attempt

As part of the Turkish government’s crackdown on suspected members and organizations of this month’s coup attempt, at least 19 schools and 35 organizations are reported to have been closed in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

According to Rudaw correspondent in Diyarbakir, Mashala Dakak, since the announcement of the state of emergency in Turkey by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the police have raided many schools and offices of many organizations in and around Diyarbakir.

The organizations are accused and suspected of connection with the Fethullah Gulen movement, which Erdogan has blamed for staging the failed coup attempt to depose him.

Erdogan said in a speech over the weekend that 13,000 people have been arrested in connection to the coup attempt.

Activists and foreign observers however, believe the number is in the tens of thousands that include military personnel, judges, teachers and government employees.

The crackdowns are interpreted as Erdogan’s own attempt for absolute control of the state.

Kurdish activists and civil society organizations have been subject to police raids and arrests in the past. This time however, the target in Kurdish areas such as Diyarbakir seems focused on organizations and personnel linked to Gulen’s Hizmet movement.

Both president Erdogan and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have insisted that the United States must extradite Gulen to be tried for orchestrating the coup.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Ankara has sent an official request to Washington for Gulen’s extradition.

“We have sent four dossiers to the United States for the extradition of the terrorist chief,” he told a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), according to Turkey’s Anadolu agency.

The US State Department’s deputy spokesman Mark Toner confirmed that Turkey had sent materials “which we are in the process of analyzing,” in order to ascertain if Turkey’s claims about Gulen are true.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:02 am

I don´t know if this´s true - hard to judge from where i´m sitting - but looks like many of the soldiers participating in the coup were just regular conscripts fooled to believe that it was a an exercise! Poor people!

By the way - this is OT but I read about the Turkish army that in theory it is a conscript army, but rich people can pay a sum of money for a shorter service time and lighter duty? Does anybody know if this is true?

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:47 am

Benny wrote:I don´t know if this´s true - hard to judge from where i´m sitting - but looks like many of the soldiers participating in the coup were just regular conscripts fooled to believe that it was a an exercise! Poor people!


That is what appears to be the case and explains why soldiers willingly climbed out of of their tanks

Benny wrote:By the way - this is OT but I read about the Turkish army that in theory it is a conscript army, but rich people can pay a sum of money for a shorter service time and lighter duty? Does anybody know if this is true?/B


Absolutely 100% true

Most of the Turks in Europe are nothing more than dirty cowards who ran away from conscription X(
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:23 am

Turkish troops hunt remaining coup plotters as crackdown widens

Turkish special forces backed by helicopters, drones and the navy hunted a remaining group of commandos thought to have tried to capture or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup, as a crackdown on suspected plotters widened on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 members of the security forces were involved in the manhunt for the 11 rogue soldiers in the hills around the Mediterranean coastal resort of Marmaris, where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of the coup attempt, officials said.

Erdogan and the government accuse U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted power grab and have launched a crackdown on his suspected followers. More than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges and civil servants have been arrested, suspended or put under investigation.

The religious affairs directorate removed another 620 staff including preachers and instructors in the Koran on Tuesday, bringing to more than 1,100 the number of people it has purged since the July 15 coup attempt.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said two Turkish ambassadors, currently in Ankara, had also been removed. Former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was detained and his house searched.

"There is no institution which this structure has not infiltrated," Erdogan's son-in-law, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, said in a televised interview, referring to Gulen's network of followers.

"Every institution is being assessed and will be assessed," he said. The response from the Turkish authorities would, he said, be just and not amount to a witch-hunt.

The coup attempt raised particular questions about the air force, some of whose senior members were deeply involved, and could lead to the re-investigation of past incidents including the downing by the Turkish military of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last year, Albayrak said.

The incident provoked Russian trade sanctions but there are signs of rapprochement, with Turkey thanking Moscow for its solid support during the abortive putsch. By contrast it has frosty ties with Europe, which has criticized the post-coup crackdown, and with the United States, which it has urged to extradite Gulen.

Albayrak made the comments as the highest-level Turkish delegation since the downing of the jet visited Moscow and officials announced a planned meeting between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin next month.

"Erdogan will be eager to send a message to Washington and EU capitals that Turkey has other options," said Tim Ash, a strategist at Nomura and a veteran Turkey watcher.

The Turkish parliament set up on Tuesday a commission to investigate the coup attempt, with the backing of all political parties. It will also examine the allegations that the Gulen movement infiltrated the government and instigated the coup attempt.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said suspects were now being questioned. "Those testimonies will give us a lot of information about the Gulen movement's influence within Turkey," he said during the commission's discussions.

MOST TURKS BLAME GULEN

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, denies involvement and says the coup may have been orchestrated by Erdogan himself to justify a crackdown, a suggestion the president has roundly condemned.

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Gulen wrote that if members of his "Hizmet" (Service) network had been involved in the attempted coup they had betrayed his ideals, saying Erdogan's accusations revealed "his systematic and dangerous drive towards one-man rule".

Almost two thirds of Turks believe Gulen was behind the coup attempt, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The Andy-Ar survey showed nearly 4 percent blamed the United States or foreign powers and barely 2 percent blamed Erdogan.

On July 15 rogue soldiers commandeered fighters jets, helicopters and tanks to close bridges and try to seize airports. They bombed parliament, police headquarters and other key buildings in their bid for power. At least 246 people were killed, many of them civilians, and 2,000 wounded.

Around a third of Turkey's roughly 360 serving generals have been detained since the abortive coup, more than 100 of them already charged pending trial.

Two Turkish generals based in Afghanistan were detained in Dubai, a Turkish official said on Tuesday, naming them as Major-General Cahit Bakir, a commander of Turkish forces serving in the international NATO-led security force in Afghanistan, and Brigadier Sener Topuc, who oversees education and aid in the country.

MANHUNT

The 11 soldiers being hunted in Marmaris were among a group of commandos who attacked a hotel where Erdogan had been staying. Seven others were detained at a police checkpoint on Monday.

As the coup unfolded, Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in Marmaris, bombing places where he had been shortly after he left. He "evaded death by minutes", an official close to him said at the time.

"It was an assassination attempt against Erdogan and this is being taken very seriously ... Searches are continuing in Marmaris and the surrounding areas with around 1,000 members of the security forces," another official said on Tuesday.

"The searches will continue uninterrupted until these people are found."

Weapons, hand grenades and ammunition have been seized in the countryside around Marmaris in an operation based on information from detained soldiers, said Amir Cicek, governor of Mugla province where Marmaris is located.

Special forces police, commandos, the coast guard and the navy were all involved, Cicek said in a statement.

The scale of the arrests and suspensions following the coup attempt have raised concerns among rights groups and Western countries, which fear that Erdogan is capitalizing on it to muzzle dissent and remove opponents across the board.

Erdogan has declared a state of emergency, which allows him to sign new laws without prior parliamentary approval and limit rights as he deems necessary. In his first such decree, Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and foundations with suspected links to Gulen.

The measure went "well beyond the legitimate aim of promoting accountability for the bloody July 15 coup attempt," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey director at Human Rights Watch.

"It is an unvarnished move for an arbitrary, mass and permanent purge of the civil service, prosecutors and judges, and to close down private institutions and associations without evidence, justification or due process," she said.

Turkey wants the United States to extradite the cleric, a call supported on Tuesday by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main secularist opposition, but Washington has said it will do so only if there is clear evidence of wrongdoing.

In a sign of Washington's concerns about the security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday employees' family members had been authorized to leave voluntarily, citing a possible "increase in police or military activities and restrictions on movement" by the Turkish authorities.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:28 am

Found this from Reuters too:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turke ... SKCN10619L


One third (!) of Turkey´s 360 generals have been detained after the coup! I´m no expert - but if so many high ranking officers were involved - how come the whole thing crumbled in less than 12 hours??!

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:37 pm

Benny wrote:Found this from Reuters too:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turke ... SKCN10619L


One third (!) of Turkey´s 360 generals have been detained after the coup! I´m no expert - but if so many high ranking officers were involved - how come the whole thing crumbled in less than 12 hours??!/B


There you have it :ymhug:

These are not just generals these are TOP Generals :shock:

They would have made a much better job of it had they been in control - shame they were not - shame it was not a real coup

Many of the people sacked or arrested are people with enough power to have either prevented Erdogan changing the constitution

Or people with enough influence to make others doubt the wisdom of Erdogan's proposed changes
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:10 pm

The Law on measures to be taken under the State of Emergency Decree and national security threats created by the determined Fethullahist Terror Organization belonging, junction or contact the Land Forces, 87 generals in Command, 726 officers, 256 non-commissioned officers, 32 Admiral in Command of the Navy, 59 officers, 63 noncommissioned Air Force 30 generals, 314 officers, 684 thousand soldiers in total, including 117 non-commissioned officers were removed from the Turkish Armed Forces. 1684 admirals, generals, officers and non-commissioned officers were expelled from the TSK. ORGAN. Adam Borders and ORG. Akin Ozturk and Coast Guard Commander Rear Admiral Hakan Overcome I also issued in the names.


Probably a bad translation but expect numbers are correct:

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