Military going nuts in turkey, Bridges closed? Watch

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Could this be a coup against Erdogan?


http://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/bogazi...eEClXxRVYRTVaQ

https://twitter.com/15MBcn_int/statu...40048430018561 <-- F 16 jet flying over traffic in ankara

https://twitter.com/hasavrat/status/754042618376486912 <-- Soldiers telling people to return to homes


https://twitter.com/MahirZeynalov/st...43877380788224 <-- Apparently there is rebellion in the army


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle30939986/ <-- Reports of gunfire

https://twitter.com/miladvisor/statu...60134452695040 <--- Actual gunfire
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I thought people here were really interested in this stuff.
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Interested if true.

A jet flying over a city doesn't really indicate much...
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(Original post by Drewski)
Interested if true.

A jet flying over a city doesn't really indicate much...
I will post more as I find it, but they have blockaded the roads and have the tanks out too.
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something is kicking off over there *

https://twitter.com/search?q=turkey+...twgr%5Esearch*
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**** it's happening

https://twitter.com/AP/status/754044977123131392

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BBC now reporting it.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36809083

(Original post by Mathemagicien)
Friday night is always the best time for a coup, imo, since things can settle down before the working week
Speaking as someone who was in the forces, it's the worst time for them... You'd never find anyone sober!
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A major early test for Boris Johnson to show his statesmanship.
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Erdogan is on holiday in Bodrum apparently. Bet he's pissed off that the military have decided to ruin his holiday.

Interesting though as only a few days after Turkey apologised to Russia for shooting down their jet and Russia have finally allowed their citizens to visit Turkey again. Not going to be good for Turkey's tourism industry in any case (assuming it doesn't end in WW3 anyway).
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(Original post by MagicNMedicine)
A major early test for Boris Johnson to show his statesmanship.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire eh?
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It will be nice if he was to go
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(Original post by Mathemagicien)
:mmm:

How did they manage to keep the coup preparations quiet, if it involves so many troops, and many branches of the military?
Everybody hates Erdogan, that is probably why
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let's hope that the winners still want to be part of NATO*
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Army has taken over Istabul's airport. All flights are cancelled.
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State TV has just been shut down. Tanks in Istanbul.
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There was a time you could set you watch by Turkish governments getting overthrown. It's been far too stable for far too long.

(Original post by MagicNMedicine)
A major early test for Boris Johnson to show his statesmanship.
Parachute him in to act as mediator.

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(Original post by Mathemagicien)
:mmm:

How did they manage to keep the coup preparations quiet, if it involves so many troops, and many branches of the military?
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.

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Random bloke on Twitter: Turkish army announces it has taken over the authority in entire Turkey. Gov't denies, says the coup attempt is failed.
How can a coup attempt fail like only an hour after it has begun?
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This is going to be interesting.
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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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