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    (Original post by ManiaMuse)
    Soldiers generally do what they are told to do. Only needs a few senior military commanders to agree to a coup attempt and they can make things happen beneath them.

    Doesn't seem to have taken too many troops and a few planes to take over the bridges from civilians and the police. Also given Istanbul's geography they are extremely important strategic objectives if you are planning to take over the capital/government. Might as well grab them before the government/coup opposition has had a chance to figure things out.
    Planning and preparation takes a while; long enough for word to get around the ordinary troops, and then to their families, and then become a rumour among the general public
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    It's a coup
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    (Original post by ManiaMuse)
    Soldiers generally do what they are told to do. Only needs a few senior military commanders to agree to a coup attempt and they can make things happen beneath them.

    Doesn't seem to have taken too many troops and a few planes to take over the bridges from civilians and the police. Also given Istanbul's geography they are extremely important strategic objectives if you are planning to take over the capital/government. Might as well grab them before the government/coup opposition has had a chance to figure things out.



    How can a coup attempt fail like only an hour after it has begun?
    Well, of course they're going to claim it failed.
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    (Original post by the bear)
    let's hope that the winners still want to be part of NATO*
    Will they still want to join the EU?

    Are the coup leaders willing to accept the red tape and rule by unelected bureaucrats in the Commission?
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    Disappointed this isn't terrorism.

    Coups are so 19th century.
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    (Original post by ManiaMuse)
    Erdogan is on holiday in Bodrum apparently.
    That'd be why it's happening now, then. With a leader gone, it's the perfect opportunity to sow some FUD.
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Planning and preparation takes a while; long enough for word to get around the ordinary troops, and then to their families, and then become a rumour among the general public
    Just have to keep telling them it is a drill until they get to the objective and then tell them, "THIS IS NOT A DRILL, SOLDIER!"
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    Is it still safe to go to Turkey on holiday?...
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    (Original post by MagicNMedicine)
    Will they still want to join the EU?

    Are the coup leaders willing to accept the red tape and rule by unelected bureaucrats in the Commission?
    maybe they will hold a referendum :teehee: *
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    (Original post by Grumpyteen)
    Is it still safe to go to Turkey on holiday?...
    If you like bullets and shells sure
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    Egypt 2.0?
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    Reuters: Turkish military says in statement that military has taken over
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    (Original post by MagicNMedicine)
    A major early test for Boris Johnson to show his statesmanship.
    It's good news for Boris. He offended Erdogan. This presents him with a fresh slate, and hopefully he can go about not offending the new leader.
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    (Original post by TercioOfParma)
    If you like bullets and shells sure
    Surely the south of Turkey is fine?
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    (Original post by Grumpyteen)
    Is it still safe to go to Turkey on holiday?...
    No. Take advice from the foreign office tomorrow.
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    (Original post by chemting)
    Egypt 2.0?
    Not really, not from what I can tell.
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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    No. Take advice from the foreign office tomorrow.
    Really? So my holiday is cancelled now?! Surely the south of Turkey is fine?!
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    BREAKING: Video is on Twitter of a military helicopter opening fire on parts of the city
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    iEthan has booked a holiday to Turkey*
 
 
 
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