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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Turkish Official In Charge Of Campaign Against ISIS Found Dead, Shot In The Neck

By now only the most naive believe the official narrative behind Turkey's Friday coup.
We say that for two reasons: first, as even the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey's membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said when discussing the unprecedented arrest purge in Turkey, "it looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage. I'm very concerned. It is exactly what we feared."  He did not exlaborate what exactly he had feared, but one can infer; second, as we caught Turkey's press openly changing the narrative, Erdogan was not even able to figure out who to blame for the "coup attempt" until this afternoon, first accusing the US, then the former Turkish air force chief, before finally deciding on accusing the 77-year-old Pennsylvania resident, Fethullah Gulen, of being the frail mastermind behind it all.
To be sure, the western media was happy to glance over these "changeovers" and to spoonfeed a false story to the masses just to maintain the illusion of the official Turkish narrative.
An example of this is when Erdogan told CNN earlier today that "he escaped death by only a few minutes before coup plotters stormed the resort in southwest Turkey where he was vacationing last weekend. Erdogan's interview was broadcast late Monday. He told CNN that soldiers supporting the coup killed two of his bodyguards when they stormed the resort early Saturday. "Had I stayed 10, 15 additional minutes, I would have been killed or I would have been taken," he told CNN through a translator provided by the presidency."
And yet, less than a day earlier we wrote that even though "Coup Pilots Had Erdogan's Plane In Their Sights" they did nothing, prompting a former military officer "with knowledge of the events" to ask "why they didn't fire is a mystery." So just hours before two F-16 had radar lock on Erdogan and decided not to kill the dictator, troops from the same alleged "coup" were scrambling to get to Erdogan - many hours after the so-called coup had already started - in his resort hotel, and where they would have killed him... had he stayed "10, 15 additional minutes."
We can see why not even the Europeans believe this any more.
Then another example of the media forced - and false - narrative came from the Guardian which earlier today published a piece titled "Military coup was well planned and very nearly succeeded, say Turkish officials" which contains pearls, such as the following:

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