I just read a headline that said the Turkish military was claiming that a coup attempt had happened. The pm said all is well. I'm sure this willbe on the six o'clock news.
I have been following the news on MSNBC. It appears the coup is indeed going forward. Richard Engel has been commenting.
There was a report that Turkish President Erdogan's plane was refused landing rights in Istanbul, and that he was proceeding to Germany.
If it is officially a coup, it places the USA in an awkward position, as we do not formally recognize governments that result from coups. Maybe we'll make an exception. Our military base in Turkey is vital for launching air attacks against ISIL.
Schmidt Wrote: If it is officially a coup, it places the USA in an awkward position, as we do not formally recognize governments that result from coups. Maybe we'll make an exception. Our military base in Turkey is vital for launching air attacks against ISIL.
It would put America in a tricky spot indeed. I wouldn't be surprised if the official stance of the government is to condemn the coup, but let the Turkish military know via back channels that we want to work with them.
With where it is...... we want stability as soon and however possible. Footage I've seen on tv show no bad actions. Citizens walking freely and no caos. Who knows what will follow. I've heard the ex-president was too much of a control hungry leader/authoritarian. Obviously many people were not happy with the leadership. We need stability so Syria doesn't spill into Turkey. Stay tuned. Hope for a positive result.
On MSNBC they quoted a new leader who said he was in control now. He said: Power to the people. News was trying to identify if people in the streets were assembled in support of the president or of the military......not known yet. Reports just stated that police were firing on protesters on a bridge. Communications are not good at this time. Facebook and twitter are a major source of information getting out of the country.
Explosions in Ankara have been reported.
Coup in Turkey has been turned back according to the news. Social media was effective in communicating to citizens about protesting. The president asked citizens to march to the Istanbul airport and secure space and operations. The president is said to have landed and somehow taken control again. I'm wondering how there wasn't a violent clash. Many more details are still needed. The below link appears to maybe be a Turkish site that had reported the coup was over. I'm thankful that hundreds or thousands weren't killed.
I think this is not the end of it at all; the prosecution of the one's who started this will lead to an dictatorship as in Egypt.
As long as the US stays out of it, then things may stay calm for an while; if not it will become an bigger mess.
The thing I enjoyed was that the ugly face of Trump stayed of T.V. for a while.