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Friday, July 15, 2016

Military Coup: Turkish Armed Forces Say They Have Taken Control Of The Country

Update:
  •  TURKEY ARMED FORCES SAY THEY'VE TAKEN CONTROL OF COUNTRY
  • TURKEY ARMED FORCES: TOOK CONTROL TO RESTORE FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY
  • TURKEY ARMED FORCES: WE GUARANTEE VALIDITY OF ALL INTNL DEALS
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Shooting and explosion are being reported in the Turkish capital, Ankara, with military jets and helicopters seen in the sky above the city. According to Reuters, gunfire and explosions could be heard in the capital, where jets have been heard flying overhead, while bridges heading into Istanbul have been currently shut down. 
According to AP, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says a group within the military engaged in an attempted coup.
Flashing red Bloomberg headlines confirm as much.
  • TURKISH PRIME MINISTER SAYS UPRISING ERUPTS WITHIN ARMY RANKS
  • YILDIRIM: THERE IS AN UPRISING WITHIN ARMY RANKS
  • YILDIRIM: SOME TURKISH ARMY UNITS SIEGED SOME INSTITUTIONS
  • TURKISH POLICE ORDERED TO USE ARMS IF NECESSARY: YILDIRIM
  • TURKISH STATE-RUN TRT TV SHUT DOWN
  • GUNSHOTS HEARD NEAR PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN ANKARA
Curiously, the PM refuses to call this coup attempt a coup. Meanwhile president Erdogan is on holiday in the resort town of Bodrum.
As is the norm in Turkey, all social networks Twitter Facebook and YouTube have been shut down, as has the state TV.
As Reuters reported moments ago, Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed on Friday, local television channels reported, without giving a reason. Dogan News Agency footage showed cars and buses being diverted. CNN Turkey showed two military vehicles and a group of soldiers lined up at the entrance of one of the bridges in Turkey's biggest city. A Turkish official who did not want to be named said soldiers had been deployed in other cities in Turkey, but did not specify which ones. Dogan News Agency reported the national police directorate  summoned all police to duty in Ankara.
We now know the reason for this military activity is because it is an attempted coup.
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