first published on July 15, 2016 by Will
A group within Turkey’s military is attempting to overthrow President Erdogan in an apparent coup attempt according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Gun battles between the army and the police are being reported and fighter jets are streaking through the skies of Ankara, Turkey’s capital. Major bridges, including Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait bridge have been shut down. All airports in the nation have seized operation.
“General Hulusi Akar (Turkey’s top military general) has been taken hostage by a group in the military who attempted an uprising,” said Turkey’s state run news network. It is being reported that President Erdogan is “safe.” However, it was stated that police guarding the presidential palace had been disarmed.
Erdogan came to power as Turkey’s first directly elected president in 2002, but has since heavily restricted personal freedoms and has strangled any media critical of his policies. The Turkish government is also obvious in their support for jihadist groups such as al Nusra, Jaish al Islam, and have done little to restrict the Islamic State from crossing their border to and from Syria. Turkey is a member of NATO and has the second largest military in the alliance. Roughly 2,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Turkey.
The following video is livestream footage of the ongoing situation: