Erdoğan Survives Military Coup Attempt in Turkey

Live analysis from the Atlantic Sentinel about the military attempt to topple Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan observes a military ceremony, July 9, 2015
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan observes a military ceremony, July 9, 2015 (Turkish Presidency)
  • A faction of the Turkish military tried and failed to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this weekend.
  • Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said fewer than 3,000 soldiers were involved in the putsch. A similar number was later said to have been arrested.
  • Late on Friday, soldiers barricaded access to the major crossways over the Bosphorus in Istanbul and seized the city’s airport. Tanks strafed the parliament building in Ankara.
  • Supporters across the country heeded Erdoğan’s call to take to the streets and resist the coup attempt. Soldiers surrendered to the crowds and police overnight.
  • Erdoğan and his allies have accused Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating the coup from abroad.

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