During coup attempt, Turkish president appears via Facetime on live TV

A frequent censor of the Internet, Erdogan used it to speak to the nation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a Facetime call into a CNN Turk news broadcast on July 16, 2016.

Martyn Williams
IDG News Service Jul 15, 2016 3:27 PM

In what may be another first for our connected world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call to a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.

Erdogan appeared on a journalist’s iPhone, held up to the camera so viewers could see and hear what he had to say. He claimed that he remained in control and urged the public to take to the streets to oppose the coup attempt.

Erdogan’s use of modern technology to speak to the nation comes with a heap of irony. He has been keen to shut off access to the Internet during sensitive times and go after those who try to get around such bans and those who insult him. Reporters Without Borders says Erdogan has “systematically” censored the Internet.

An announcer reads out a military statement on state-run TRT1 TV on July 16, 2016.

The broadcast was aired on CNN Turk, one of a number of independent news channels serving the country. As it was being shown, the state-run station TRT was repeatedly broadcasting a statement from the military announcing it had seized control of the country.

Later in the evening Abdullah Gül, who served as the country’s president from 2007 to 2014, made a video call into another broadcaster, NTV.

As with Erdogan, a reporter held the phone up to the screen and used a small microphone to relay what Gül was saying to the live broadcast.

Abdullah Gül, former president of Turkey, makes a video call into NTV during a coup attempt on July 16, 2016.

What’s actually happening in Turkey remains unclear at this point, but tanks are out on some streets and flights from Istanbul’s international airport have been halted.

The U.S. State Department has confirmed gunfire in the capital and asked citizens to stay indoors.

Turkish TV broadcasts show tanks on the streets after a reported coup on July 16, 2016.

Access to Twitter and Facebook was quickly cut soon after the first reports of an attempted coup began emerging from the country. Doug Madory, an analyst at Dyn Research in the U.S., said it appeared Turkish telecommunications authorities were blocking access to the sites.

Coup underway in Turkey amid reports of gunfire, explosions in major cities, police deaths

Published July 15, 2016 FoxNews.com

ISTANBUL – Members of Turkey’s military announced on Friday night that they had seized power in the country, with reports that a bomb hit the parliament building in Ankara as a spokesman for Turkey’s national intelligence agency claimed the takeover attempt had been “repelled.”

CNN Turk reported that some police officers and parliament workers were hurt in the bomb attack. A nearby resident told the Associated Press he heard a massive explosion that shook buildings and saw a column of smoke. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, also said fighter jets were flying low in the area.

The state-run Anadolou Agency reported that 17 police officers had been killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters in the capital. A Turkish government spokesman also confirmed that an F-16 fighter had shot down a helicopter that had been commandeered by soldiers supporting the coup.

The country’s state-run television broadcaster, TRT, was knocked off the air for several hours early Saturday after a reported explosion near their building. Anadolou reported that military helicopters also attacked the headquarters of TURKSAT satellite station on the outskirts of Ankara.

Earlier, Reuters reported that tanks surrounding the parliament building in Ankara had opened fire. The Turkish news agency Dogan reported that soldiers had opened fire on people who were crossing Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge to protest the coup attempt and some people had been wounded.

Dozen of tanks were seen moving toward a palace that is now used by the prime minister and deputy prime ministers. A civilian car tried to stop one of the tanks, but it rammed through the vehicle as those in the car escaped.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking by cell phone to CNN Turk from an unknown location, vowed that Turkey would “overcome this invasion” and called on Turks to “gather in squares and see what this minority can do with their tanks and artillery against the people.”

Ordinary Turkish citizens appeared to heed Erdogan’s call, as TV footage showed marching through the streets of Izmir and Istanbul waving Turkish flags. Crowds also gathered in Ankara’s main square.

“Throughout history those who make coups have been unsuccessful, and I absolutely believe that these will be unsuccessful as well,” Erdogan said, adding that the architects of the takeover attempt “will absolutely pay the price for this in heaviest manner.”

In Washington, a statement from the White House said President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that both sides “should support the democratically elected government of Turkey, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed.”

A senior Defense Department official told Fox News that the unrest was not affecting anti-ISIS missions flown out of Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement calling for “calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey’s democratic institutions and its constitution.”

A military statement read on Turkish state TV announced that martial law had been imposed across the country and a curfew had been declared. The statement added that Turkey was now being run by a “peace council” and that a new constitution would be drawn up soon.

However, at least one senior military leader refused to back the coup attempt.

“Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this,” Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the commander of the military special forces, told the private NTV television by telephone.

The coup began shortly before 11 p.m. local time Friday, when gunshots were first reported in Ankara. As military helicopters flew over the entertainment hub of Beyoglu district in Istanbul, televisions aired footage of military tanks and TV stations reported Turkish state TV TRT had been taken over by military officials.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım admitted to Haberturk TV that an “attempt” had been made against the government and warned “those who carry out this attempt will be subjected to heaviest punishment.”

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag also spoke on national TV, calling on “everyone to raise their voices against this attempt by the military and to embrace democracy.”

Ambulances were seen in front of Turkish military headquarters amid early reports that hostages were being held there.

Early Saturday, Reuters reported that witnesses had heard gunfire at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, where four tanks had been stationed. Two other tanks and a military vehicle were stationed in front of the VIP terminal. The Dogan news agency reported that soldiers had earlier entered the control tower and stopped all flights.

Soldiers and military vehicles also blocked one-way traffic on the Bosporus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul, which link the continents of Europe and Asia.

The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey blamed on Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Turkish army group announces takeover on TV

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An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with soldiers at strategic points in Istanbul and jets flying low in the capital, Ankara.

A statement read on TV said a “peace council” now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law.

But PM Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and a no-fly zone was declared over Ankara.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would overcome what he called an uprising by a minority.

In the last few minutes, Mr Erdogan’s plane has landed at Istanbul airport, government sources say.

Earlier, there were reports of explosions at parliament building in Ankara.

It is unclear who the plotting army group is or its level of support. Some top army officials are said to be detained.

People across Turkey are very confused and surprised, the BBC’s Katy Watson in Istanbul says.

In Washington, US President Barack Obama urged all parties in Turkey to support the “democratically elected government”.

Nato called for “full respect” for Turkey’s democratic institutions.

Mr Erdogan told CNN Turk by mobile phone the action was by a “parallel structure” that would bring the necessary response. He has used this term in the past to refer to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of fomenting unrest.

Fethullah Gulen: Powerful but reclusive Turkish cleric

Mr Erdogan called on people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising.

He said: “I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports. I never believed in a power higher than the power of the people.”

Reports earlier on Friday said the president was on holiday in the south-western resort of Marmaris.

Defying the announced curfew, a number of Erdogan supporters later turned out on Istanbul’s central Taksim Square as reports of the attempted coup emerged.

There have since been reports of clashes there, with some on Twitter saying that gunfire has been heard near the square.

Mr Yildirim had earlier denounced an “illegal action” by a military “group”, stressing it was not a coup. He said that the government remained in charge.

The military group’s statement on national broadcaster TRT, read by an announcer, said that democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government. There would be new constitution, it said.

A Turkish presidential source told Reuters news agency that the statement was not authorised by the army’s command.

There are reports Turkey’s top general, General Hulusi Akar, is among those taken hostage at the military HQ.

Mr Yildirim told NTV by telephone: “There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”

Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.
There are reports of gunshots and at least one loud explosion in the capital Ankara. Other reports said soldiers were inside buildings of the Turkish state broadcaster in Ankara.

Gunfire was also heard outside Istanbul police HQ and tanks are said to be stationed outside Istanbul airport. All flights are cancelled, reports say.

One European Union source told Reuters that the military action “looks like a relatively well-orchestrated coup by a substantial body of the military, not just a few colonels”.

Visiting Moscow, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped for peace and “continuity” in Turkey.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was “very concerned” by events.

Turkey’s military coups

1993 – Claims of a “covert coup” intended to prevent a peace settlement with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

1980 – Military coup following armed conflict between right-wing and left-wing groups in the 1970s

1971 – Military coup known as the “coup by memorandum”, which the military delivered instead of sending out tanks

1960 – Coup by group of young military officer outside chain of command, against the democratically-elected Democrat Party

So, I heard on Rick Wiles’ program last night that Turkey is moving 200,000 “refugees” i.e. troops (perhaps ISIS, perhaps Turkish) into a southern province of Ukraine. Ostensibly this is to resettle the homeless but in reality it is to position them for an attack on Crimea to wrest in from Russia and return it to Ukraine. The Saudis are supposed to be supplying them arms and ammunition through black market channels.

That would certainly cross a line in the sand.

WWIII would start, nukes to follow.

Perhaps this was the topic of their meeting.

US government releases secret chapter from 9/11 report

skankworks ‏@TheSkankworks 43 sek.
F-16s bombing state organs in the city center, #Erdogan’s jet out of fuel, battle for airport, CNN anchor molested on air…

Gilgo ‏@agirecudi 5 min.
Breaking- Reports that Erdogan’s jet landed in Ataturk Airport. Heavy gunfire, explosions heard near the area. Jets flying low. Crazy.

Mehmet Solmaz ‏@MhmtSlmz 15 min.
#BREAKING State-run news agency reports TurkSAT has been bombed by a warplane.

People’s Daily,China ‏@PDChina 6 min.
#BREAKING: Three war planes flying low over Taksim Area at center of #Istanbul, huge explosion heard

Amberin Zaman ‏@amberinzaman 2 min.
Helicopters hovering above general staff command. Lights out at parliament #Ankara #Turkey

Brad Cabana ‏@BradCabana 2 min.
BREAKING: #Turkey President Erdogan blames US-based group for coup attempt #cdnpoli #TurkeyCoup

Conflict News ‏@Conflicts 35 sek.
BREAKING: More explosions rock Turkish parliament, PM orders jets from Eskisehir base to destroy chopper – @CNNTURK_ENG

Kejsj ‏@realSamHandwich 2 min.
#BREAKING: #Turkish Secret Service Agents interupt #Erdogan in #Istanbul & advice to leave immediately
#News #BreakingNews #TurkeyCoup

Kejsj ‏@realSamHandwich 2 min.
#BREAKING: #Turkish Secret Service Agents interupt #Erdogan in #Istanbul & advice to leave immediately
#News #BreakingNews #TurkeyCoup

Brad Cabana ‏@BradCabana 3 min.
BREAKING: 12 killed in Turkish Parliament in explosion – numerous sources #cdnpoli #Turkey #TurkeyCoup

10m10 minutes ago
Erdogan is criticising BBC for the news report ‘Armed forces took control of country’

14m14 minutes ago
Erdogan says they bombed the place where he was on holiday after he left. He says they took his general secretary captive.

5m5 minutes ago
PM confirms that there was an attack on where Erdogan was on holiday, said they missed the timing [link to twitter.com (secure)]

7m7 minutes ago
Turkish PM: I gave orders to shoot down all flying units

The Int’l Spectator ‏@intlspectator 10 min.
BREAKING: Turkish security official says there is live attempt by coup plotters to strike and kill Erdogan

Brad Cabana ‏@BradCabana 2 min.
BREAKING: Coup-aligned Turkish soldiers have Taksim Square in Istanbul #cdnpoli #Turkey #TurkeyCoup

Murad Gazdiev ‏@MuradoRT 2 min.
#TurkishAirlines urges all loyal passengers to rise&resist coup! Unclear if refreshments will be offered #TurkeyCoup

Intense Video Captures Moment Turkish Parliament Comes Under Aerial Attack

I have a theory on what has happened.

Erdogan has decided to stick it to the West and Europe after being snubbed by Merkel and the rest of the EU.

Erdogan is pivoting to Russia! Kerry has had an emergency meeting with Russia to assess the situation and based on the information, the West has orchastrated a last ditch effort to overthrow Erdogan but Russia gave him the heads up and this is why he was prepared for the coup. Just conveniently on his plane somewhere away from all the mess.

The West has lost and now Russia and Turkey will form an alliance. This is extremely important for Russia. A Partner in Turkey means a unified front against the new Nato/European super army that is being combined.

This is the ace in the hole. If Russia has aligned with Turkey then the West has shown its hand and Russia has suckered them in bigtime! Imagine if the whole Turkish/Russian jet confrontation was a ruse to get the West more interested in cozying up to Turkey and then BAM.

Putin says “I have something I want to share with you Obama”

Obama “ok I’m sending Kerry”

Putin “Turkey is with me”

Kerry “Um shit we gotta do something and do it now or we are farked”

Then a failed coup by the West, Erdogan and Putin = Gog n Magog. Watch out Europe your days are numbered.



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    Russia Bans All Citizens From Turkey As Massive US-NATO Armada Moves To Attack

    July 20, 2016

    By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

    A grim Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) was authorized today to ban all Russian citizens from traveling to the Republic of Turkey after the Ministry of Defense (MoD) reported that two US-NATO naval armadas currently operating in the Black Sea have combined and set sail towards Turkey territorial waters and that includes 14 Turkish warships reported “missing” from their fleet by Turkey’s government. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

    According to this report, at the time of 15 July failed US-CIA coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (and that the MoD had warned about this past December), two US-NATO naval fleets were conducting unprecedented in their geographical scale of the war exercises in the Black Sea—the first being designated as Black Sea Breeze, and the second Sea Breeze 2016.

    This report notes that the MoD had “long warned” that these US-NATO naval ships were planned to be used to support the failed coup attempt against Turkey’s democratically elected government—which was confirmed earlier today when they aborted their “planned” maneuvers and began to move in “full battle” formation towards Turkish waters.

    This report further states that the “pretext/reason” to be given to the Western peoples for these vast US-NATO forces attacking Turkey is due to the Obama regime having to protect their estimated 90 B61 gravity nuclear bombs at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base—that though stored in vaults in the floor of the protective aircraft shelters inside a security perimeter, are presently surrounded by Turkish military forces loyal to President Erdoğan and are believed “not to be safe anymore”.

    With Turkey now openly blaming the US for the coup attempt, and presenting evidence proving the CIA’s “puppet figurehead” Fethullah Gulen’s “despicable” and “cowardly” actions in leading it, this report continues, President Erdoğan’s mass purging of over 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers (all who have been suspended or detained) having any kind of association with the United States whatsoever has alarmed the Obama regime.

    Of the greatest fears being realized by the Obama regime in their failed coup in Turkey, this report says, is that President Erdoğan’s massive, and continuing, purge of all American influence in Turkey is starting to resemble the Islamist counterrevolution launched against the US during Iran’s 1979 revolution.

    Equally feared by the Obama regime in the aftermath of their failed coup against President Erdoğan, this report continues, is that Turkey’s leader is no longer constrained in his bombing of the Kurdish forces in Iraq supported by American troops—and that were begun just hours ago.

    As to how soon this massive US-NATO armada will strike Turkey to remove President Erdoğan once and for all, SC intelligence analysts in this report speculate, rests upon the continued support for this coup by other Arab Sunni states—and that a powerful inside Saudi official disclosed that senior government officials in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had been informed of the coup in Turkey long before it took place by the Obama regime.

    Though not knowing the “final phase” of this latest Obama-Clinton regime catastrophe in Turkey, this report concludes, it is far from the only one the Americans are now dealing with as the US is now having to reevaluate its support for its “friendly” Islamic terrorists after they beheaded a ten-year-child in Syria and posted a video of it for the whole world to see, three French military officers were killed in the US created failed state of Libya after their helicopter was shot down by Islamic terrorists outside Benghazi, and the US puppet state of Ukraine has been reported to be a political system that is turning into “mass grave” for journalists and journalism in general after the bombing death of revered journalist Pavel Sheremet earlier today.

    Other reports to read in this series to understand past and context:

    25 November 2015 Moscow Warns CIA, Not Turkey, Downed Russian Fighter Plane Over Syria

    2 December 2015 Putin Orders “Doomsday” Plane Into Air After Military Warns US-Turkey Plot Is “Beyond Staggering”

    17 July 2016 Turkish Leader Praises Putin For Saving His Live—But Vows “Revenge” On Obama

    19 July 2016 CIA Pilots Who Downed Russian Warplane And Targeted Erdogan For Death Arrested In Turkey

    CIA Pilots Who Downed Russian Warplane And Targeted Erdogan For Death Arrested In Turkey

    July 19, 2016

    By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

    A new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Putin has been notified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for the Republic of Turkey that the two American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “employed/directed” pilots who on 24 November 2015 shot down a defenseless Aerospace Forces Sukhoi Su-24M bomber aircraft over Syria, and on 15 July targeted Turkish President Erdogan for death, have now been arrested and placed into custody. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

    As we had previously reported on in our 25 November 2015 report Moscow Warns CIA, Not Turkey, Downed Russian Fighter Plane Over Syria, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) immediately blamed the CIA for the downing of the Russian aircraft.

    Likewise, and as we reported on in our 2 December 2015 report Putin Orders “Doomsday” Plane Into Air After Military Warns US-Turkey Plot Is “Beyond Staggering”, the MoD further warned that the Obama regime was planning to kill President Erdogan in a coup and replace him the CIA’s “designated figurehead” Fethullah Gulen—and that Turkey’s MoFA confirmed just hours ago was behind this plot by stating that “the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization is behind this coup attempt”.

    Still not being told the American people about this latest failed Obama regime-CIA “adventure”, and that we reported on in our 17 July report Turkish Leader Praises Putin For Saving His Live—But Vows “Revenge” On Obama, is that the life of President Erdogan was only able to be saved due elite Federation Spetsnaz forces President Putin had ordered to protect him.

    This SC report further states that on 15 July, when President Erdogan was in flight to Istanbul to counter the CIA-led coup forces against him, the same two pilots who had downed Su-24 bomber aircraft, locked on their air-to-air missiles to destroy Erdogan’s plane.

    However, this report continues, upon these CIA pilots locking their missiles onto Erdogan’s plane in order to kill him, they were immediately ordered by their Obama regime controllers to “immediately abort” their mission and return to Incirlik Air Base—which at this very hour Turkish forces are now searching.

    Not just these two pilots were ordered by the CIA to abort their mission, this report notes, but, in fact, all Turkish, NATO and American aircraft were ordered to immediately return to their bases too throughout the entire Levant War Zone.

    Without air cover to protect them, this report says, these CIA coup forces were overwhelmed by both Turkish police forces and ordinary citizens and President Erdogan was able to land safely in Istanbul to guide them to victory.

    Stunningly, this SC report reveals that the reason for the CIA ordering all of their aircraft supporting their coup to be grounded was due to President Putin’s “threat/promise” to immediately activate the MoD’s S-500 Prometey (55R6M Triumfator-M) air defense systems stationed at Khmeimim Air Base that would, within 120 seconds, down every “hostile” aircraft over Turkey, Syria and Iraq—as well as destroy every single US-NATO military satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO) over the Levant.

    Though barely known to average Western peoples, this report explains, the S-500 is the most feared weapon of its type in the world and can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles and is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles), can intercept aircraft and UAVs, as well as destroy low-earth-orbit satellites, space destruction devices and orbital weaponry too—and by its ability to operate on super inaudible radio channels, makes it impervious to all countermeasures.

    With these two CIA pilots now in custody, along with their commander, and coup leader, General Akin Ozturk, this report continues, it is expected that they will be sentenced to death after President Erdogan’s government reinstates the death penalty later this week, or next.

    This report concludes by noting that once President Putin received official notification from Turkey that these two CIA pilots were in custody, the Security Council authorized Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich to announce that Russia’s joint projects with Turkey, including the TurkStream undersea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey, are still on the agenda and have a future.

    [Learn More: Click on below photo for more information about this latest gas war move by the Obama regime.]

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    Putin, Erdogan and the Plot Against the Rest of Us

    July 21, 2016 / Gilad Atzmon

    Putin and Erdogan have agreed to meet in early August. The tension between Russia and Turkey has gradually dissipated since Putin and Erdogan’s June telephone call. This week Turkish and Russian officials stated that the two administrations have reached a new consensus. The effect of this understanding is that Erdogan is changing its policies toward Syria, Assad and NATO intervention. Turkey may no longer be part of the Syrian crisis, it may as well become elementary to the peace process. Evidence of this shift occurred over a week ago when Turkey began to reinstate its relationship with the Syrian regime.

    On Wednesday 13 July, just two days before the attempted coup, The Guardian wrote:

    “More than five years into Syria’s civil war, Turkey, the country that has most helped the rebellion against the rule of Bashar al-Assad, has hinted it may move to normalise relations with Damascus.” The Guardian headline read “Syrian rebels stunned as Turkey signals normalisation of Damascus relations.”

    We also learned in the last few hours that the Russian government accepts now that the Turkish assault on its Su-24 jets over Syria airspace last year was a clear plot to derail the relationships between the two countries.

    This is certainly hopeful news for the region. But it was not necessarily the news NATO, America and Israel wanted.

    Did the emerging alliance among Russia, Turkey and possibly Syria lead a few Turkish military leaders to execute a coup? Is it coincidental that the headquarters of the failed coup was at Incirlik Air Base, the Turkish airfield from which the United States and NATO regularly launch airstrikes against the Islamic State? There was also news this week that Incirlik is home to 50 Americans nuclear bombs.

    Putin and Erdogan share many characteristics. Both leaders are popular and charismatic. Each of them is considered by his own people to be nationalist and patriotic and each operates within a nation that suffers from a long history of political instability and military coups. Both men seem to be original and astute political animals. But neither leader appears to be among the USA/NATO favorites. Both are despised by Zio-cons, the Jewish lobbies and Israel. Some commentators suggest that last Friday’s events in Turkey may be a warning sign for Putin: he may be the next to endure a coup attempt.

    This is a strange time for the press. Not a single news outlet is reliable or trustworthy. We are bombarded by a plethora of global propaganda networks. The more news channels we have the less we know. Building a coherent and objective picture of reality or global affairs is pretty much impossible. The networks of progressive activists and commentators recycling ready made sound bites don’t help either. I was shocked to find out this week that a bunch of Assad Western supporters, whom I considered by mistake, well meaning and informed, employed neocon terminology such as ‘Islamists,’ ‘thugs’ and ‘Islamofascist’ to the Turkish people who went to the streets to save their country from a military regime.

    As the picture clarifies, it seems that the coup attempt was motivated by the emerging alliance between Turkey and Russia. The possibility that Turkey becomes integral to a peaceful resolution in Syria brings to an end NATO’s interventionist war against the Assad regime. The plotters against Erdogan were desperate to halt such a transition.

    An old friend of mine reminded me yesterday of Charles Bukowski’s precious insight: “the problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence”.

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    Massive Fire Near NATO Base in Turkey, Possible Anti-American Sabotage

    01:44 25.07.2016(updated 04:46 25.07.2016) Get short URL

    A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible act of anti-American sabotage.

    The inferno started on Sunday evening in western Turkey. The fire blew through the grassy wooded area and is now perilously near NATO’s military base pushed forward by strong winds.

    ​CNNTurk reports that the fire threatens a number of populated areas, and has already impacted a home for the elderly and its adjacent garden, T24 News reports. The channel also reports that anti-American “sabotage” in the wake of the attempted overthrow of the Erdogan government is suspected.

    The fire threatens the Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) base at Şirinyer (Buca) in İzmir, Turkey. LANDCOM is tasked with supporting US troops to enhance reaction time and the unit is equipped to respond to international crises.

    Although Washington maintains its largest overseas nuclear arsenal in Turkey, consisting of up to 90 tactical nuclear weapons, the US atomic weapons stockpile is stored at Incirlik air base and no such weapons of mass destruction are reportedly stored at the Izmir base.

    ​The fire is not fully subdued despite hours of effort along with the use of firefighting helicopters and airplanes conducting water drops according to local news outlets.

    ​Sunday’s fire comes in the wake of the failed attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government last week that the regime has blamed on US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The country’s Laber Minister created a stir when he said on live television during an interview with HaberTurk that “the US is behind the coup.” This hyperbolic statement, condemned by the US State Department, was followed by a threat from Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yidlirim that Ankara would go to war with “any country” that supports Fethullah Gulen — a direct reference to the United States.

    The US has repeatedly informed Turkey that they are unable to extradite the alleged mastermind of the coup, Fethullah Gulen, under US law without sufficient evidence. A recent poll shows that only 17% of Turks welcome the United States in the country and with Ankara shifting towards a more nationalistic posture attacks against US installations may become more likely in the wake of the failed coup.

    Pro-Erdogan Islamist Paper Said US General Led Coup Prior to NATO Base Fire

    04:43 25.07.2016(updated 04:46 25.07.2016) Get short URL

    The Yeni Safak newspaper printed a picture of a US military commander it claims led the attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government only hours before a massive blaze broke out near a NATO base.

    On Sunday, hours before a massive blaze broke out near the NATO base in the western Turkish town of Izmir, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s primary print publication for his Islamist supporters – Yeni Safak, printed the image of NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander Army General John F. Campbell accusing the US military official of plotting the coup against Erdogan in league with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

    The conservative Turkish daily newspaper is known for its hardline support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The newspaper is known for inciting violence and spreading disinformation about Gezi protesters during the 2013-2014 protests in Turkey, threatening journalists for other news outlets saying “they will pay a heavy price for treason,” and fabricating interviews.

    Yet the newspaper does have a strong pro-Erdogan and Islamist reader base serving as a critical outlet for the Turkish government to influence views and actions of the people of Turkey and to incite a reaction.

    ​Hours after the publication of the article, the NATO military base in Izmir became victim of a mass fire that continues to rage on at this hour despite desperate attempts by forces to contain the blaze using helicopter and airplane water drops. The fire threatens US munitions stockpiles at the base which could result in a severe exacerbation of the fire, loss of expensive weaponry, and safety dangers.

    The fire, which has already burnt through an elderly nursing home, is being investigated by officials as an act of anti-American sabotage according to local reports.

    The US maintains a stockpile of as many as 90 tactical nuclear weapons in Turkey, more than in any other foreign country, but the atomic bombs are not threatened by the current blaze in Turkey. Those weapons are stored at a different base in Incirlik and reportedly no such munitions are stored at Izmir.

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    Bundestag Deputy Urges Europe to Impose Sanctions on Turkey

    05:25 25.07.2016(updated 05:27 25.07.2016) Get short URL

    Co-head of Green Party Cem Ozdemir has called on Europe to sanction Turkey over tyranny and cautioned against radical Turkish nationalists in Germany.

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently hinted that his regime may execute the 13,000 people believed to be tied to the failed military coup in the country. Bundestag Deputy Cem Ozdemir on Sunday urged Europe to react, and not just rhetorically, but with sanctions for violations of basic human rights in Turkey.

    “When democracy, rule of law and human rights are ignored, the EU should consider sanctions against those in power. For instance, we can freeze accounts and assets,” Ozdemir suggested in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

    He added that there is a threat coming from Turkish nationalists living in Germany who are exposed to Ankara’s influence and that these radical groups should be taken seriously by German politicians.

    “There is, unfortunately, a form of Turkish PEGIDA [anti-immigration movement] in Germany that we must treat the same way as the group we already know of,” He told the newspaper.

    Ozdemir explained that if PEGIDA leader Lutz Bachmann were invited to an event, no “self-respecting democrat” would attend, and he believes that the same attitude should be applied to Turkish President.

    Ozdemir urged German authorities to drastically confront Turkey’s attempts to spread its ideology in the country’s society, saying that “Erdogan’s hand has no right to reach for Berlin, Stuttgart or Munich” and that it is just about time Germany “presses a stop button”.

    Cem Ozdemir previously reported receiving death threats from Turkish nationalists who were angered with him putting forward the resolution to acknowledge the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire.

    The German parliament voted to recognize the 1915-1916 massacre of Armenians as “genocide”, which caused outrage on the part of Ankara. Particularly, the President of Turkey Erdogan offered Ozdemir, who is of Turkish descent himself, to undertake a “blood test” to see “what kind of Turk he is.”

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    US State Dept authorizes voluntary departure of staff’s family members in Turkey after failed coup

    Published time: 26 Jul, 2016 06:38

    The US embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday that the State Department has allowed the family of staff members to leave the country at will. The statement comes amid a state of emergency imposed after the failed coup that took place on July 15.

    The voluntary departure of employees’ family members is being allowed by both the US embassy in Ankara and the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

    “The Department of State made this decision following the July 15 attempted coup and subsequent declaration by the Turkish government of a 90-day State of Emergency,” a security message published on the embassy’s website on Tuesday states.

    The Department “advises US citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey at this time.”

    “During this period, US citizens in Turkey may see an increase in police or military activities and restrictions on movement,” a memo emailed to US citizens residing in Turkey states.

    US government personnel in Turkey are banned from traveling into the southeastern provinces of the country, and American citizens have been advised to “avoid areas in close proximity to the Syrian border.”

    On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said ahead of a trip to the US that ties with Washington could turn sour unless the US extradites cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is currently residing in the country. Ankara blames Gulen for being behind the failed coup.

    Washington has repeatedly said that Turkey must give clear evidence of Gulen’s link with the attempted coup before discussing any possible extradition.

    Also on Monday, Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper alleged that the former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, retired US Army General John F. Campbell, was the mastermind behind the failed military coup in Turkey, citing sources close to the investigation.

    According to Yeni Safak, Campbell “also managed more than $2 billion in transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.”

    The retired US general had allegedly paid “at least two secret visits” to Turkey from May up until the attempted coup, which Turkish authorities blamed on what they call the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

    Washington later dismissed accusations that Campbell was the mastermind behind the coup, with White House press secretary Josh Earnest calling the allegations against the general unsubstantiated.

    Meanwhile, cooperation between the Turkish and American militaries has reportedly returned to pre-coup level, Anadolu Agency reported.

    “Operations have in almost all manners returned to normal in terms of the operations we’re conducting from Turkey,” Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters at the Pentagon.

    Turkey’s Gen. Hulusi Akar reportedly contacted Dunford twice last week, confirming Turkey’s commitment to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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    Turkish Police Block Access to NATO’s Incirlik Air Base – Home of US Nukes

    02:33 31.07.2016(updated 03:20 31.07.2016) Get short URL

    All inputs and outputs to the Incirlik Air Base located in Adana have been closed as Turkish Minister of European Affairs cautions that it is just a “safety inspection” while local newspapers speculate that a second coup attempt may be underway.

    Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt.

    According to the Turkish Minister for European Affairs, Omer Celik, this is just a routine “safety inspection.” Hurriyet, by contrast, reports that anti-terror police received reports of a second attempt by Gulenists to overthrow the Erdogan regime.

    Incirlik Air Base, located in the province of Adana, is a critical NATO base in Turkey. The US maintains 50 to 90 tactical nuclear weapons at the base.

    Local media has focused on the base after the failed coup in Turkey occurred the night of July 15. Although the main scenes of the events were Istanbul and Ankara, Incirlik was shut down for a time by local authorities shortly after the putsch, and several Turkish soldiers from the base were deemed by Turkish officials to be involved in the overthrow attempt.

    The lockdown at Incirlik follows a massive wave of protests on Thursday when pro-Erdogan nationalists took to the streets yelling “death to the US” and called for the immediate closure of the Incirlik base. Security personnel dispersed the protesters before they were able to make it to the base.

    The massive presence of armed police supported by heavy vehicles calls into question the Turkish government’s official line that the lock down at the Incirlik base is merely a “safety inspection.”​

    The situation continues to develop in front of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base as more heavy trucks have been dispatched to surround and block access to the critical military facility that is at the heart of the defense alliance’s air campaign to combat terror in Syria.

    Turkish European Affairs Minister took to Twitter to once again assert that there was a “general security check” at Incirlik Air Base and that “nothing is wrong” there.


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    Turkey Says FBI and CIA Behind Failed Coup, Gulen ‘Only a Pawn’

    22:00 31.07.2016(updated 04:04 01.08.2016) Get short URL

    The Erdogan regime continues to play with fire renewing accusations that the United States spearheaded a complex conspiracy to overthrow the Turkish government.

    A Turkish prosecutor claims that the CIA and FBI provided training to followers of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara initially called the “mastermind” of the failed attempt to overthrow the Erdogan regime on July 15 that left hundreds dead and thousands more wounded.

    An indictment, prepared by the Edirne Public Prosecutor’s office and submitted to the local Second Heavy Penal Court, seeks the harshest possible punishment for 43 suspected coup plotters. In the indictment, the prosecutors allege that members of “the Fethullah Terrorist Organization” (FETO) were trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    “The CIA and FBI provided training in several subjects to the cadre raised in the culture centers belonging to the Gulen movement,” read the indictment. “The operations carried out by prosecutors and security officials during the Dec. 17 process can be taken as a good example of this.” The “Dec. 17 process” refers to a high profile corruption probe that targeted senior government officials in 2013.

    “The [failed coup] attempt aimed to weaken the state with all its institutions by getting rid of the government completely,” stated the document. “Those in the Gulen movement who work in the judicial and security institutions and who received the aforementioned training, took on the task and moved into action.”

    The prosecutor’s claims were alluded to in part by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said Friday in response to criticism by US CENTCOM Commander four-star General Joseph Votel, “My people know who is behind this scheme… they know who the superior intelligence behind it is, and with these statements [condemning the post-coup purge] you are revealing yourselves, you are giving yourselves away.” The statement was interpreted as an accusation against US intelligence agencies.

    On Saturday, the Turkish President continued the theme of subtle accusations calling US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen “a pawn” backed by a “mastermind” which has also been interpreted as suggesting that the US agencies supported the failed putsch.

    US military and intelligence officials have been the target of scorn and accusation from Turkish leaders in the wake of the failed coup starting with the country’s Labor Minister who said on July 16 in an interview with HaberTurk that “the United States is behind the coup.”

    These accusations were forcefully denounced by the State Department which called the claims “utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations.” However, on July 17, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the country was ready to go to war with “any” country that backed Fethullah Gulen, viewed as a reference to America’s refusal to extradite the suspected coup leader.

    These accusations have grown in recent weeks with Erdogan alleging that CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel was siding with the coup plotters and with the country’s leading pro-Erdogan Islamist newspaper Yeni Safak printing a picture of American three-star General and commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) John F. Campbell under the headline “The Man Behind the Failed Coup in Turkey.”

    The result of the shocking allegations has been an emboldening of anti-American fervor in the country with over 5,000 protesters marching towards the Incirlik Air Base on Thursday chanting “death to the US” and demanding that the United States leave. That incident came on the heels of a massive fire near NATO’s Izmir base with officials suggesting the cause was “anti-American sabotage” as reported by Turkey’s T24 News.

    On Saturday, 7000 armed police officers supported by heavy vehicles blocked all access to NATO’s Incirlik Air Base. Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that Adana Police received a tip of a brewing second coup attempt, but the country’s European Affairs Minister Omer Celik downplayed the sudden show of force calling it a “general security check” and asserting that “nothing is wrong.”

    During the temporary blockade of the Incirlik Air Base, a group of several hundred anti-American protesters assembled near the scene chanting for the base to be shut down as confirmed by video accounts on the scene although some Western outlets have provided conflicting reports that the protesters preceded the blockade and that Turkish police were there to disperse the crowd.

    Are US Nukes at NATO’s Incirlik Air Base in Turkey Safe?

    00:20 01.08.2016(updated 04:03 01.08.2016) Get short URL

    One of the biggest questions in the wake of the July 15 failed coup of the Erdogan regime in Turkey is whether American Hydrogen bombs stored at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base will remain safe or could they potentially fall in the hands of terrorist organizations.

    The Incirlik Air Base, in southeast Turkey, houses NATO’s largest nuclear-weapons storage facility. In the wake of the coup, Turkish officials cut off power to the facility and local authorities denied movement on to or off of the base forcing the troops stationed at Incirlik to rely on backup generators.

    US Air Force planes stationed there were prohibited from taking off or landing due to the heightened security level in the country and Turkish police rushed in to arrest the base commander, General Bekir Ercan Van, and nine other Turksih officers at Incirlik for allegedly supporting the coup.

    In the days that followed, American flights have resumed albeit with significant delays from the base, but the base has become a point of contention for Turkish nationalists with over 5,000 nationalists charging towards the base on Thursday chanting “death to the US” and demanding that the “Yankees go home” or that the Incirlik base be shuttered immediately.

    Then on Saturday, over 7,000 armed Turkish security forces joined by heavy vehicles surrounded the Incirlik Air Base restricting any access to or away from the facility. Turkey’s European Affairs Minister said that it was a “general security check” that yielded nothing, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that Adana police received a tip of a second coup attempt, and the limited Western media coverage spun a narrative that security forces were there to disperse protesters although video suggests the demonstrators arrived after, not before, the blockade.

    Tension around the facility has been followed by unrest throughout the country with mass anti-American and anti-NATO protests and with a massive fire near another major base in Izmir with Turkey’s T24 news reporting that officials suspected “anti-US sabotage.”

    The anger towards the United States with a particular focus on the Incirlik Air Base in the recent week is palpable, but if Turkish officials are worried about the situation unravelling to the point where a loose nuke situation could unfold, they are hardly doing anything to calm the public.

    On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that arch-nemesis Fethullah Gulen was “only a pawn” used by some more powerful mastermind which appears to be a direct reference to the United States in light of other recent comments. Earlier this week, Erdogan suggested that there was a “superior intelligence behind [the coup]” and told the US CENTCOM commander that the US is “revealing yourselves, you are giving yourselves away” by taking a critical stance on the post-coup attempt purge.

    This has also been in keeping with accusations hurled by the country’s Labor Minister, Prime Minister, a leading pro-Erdogan Islamist newspaper, and most recently an Erdogan loyalist prosecutor who contends that the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) was supported by the FBI and the CIA.

    Although recent security concerns at Incirlik Air Base prompted a major upgrade to the perimeter fence that surrounds the nuclear-weapons storage area, the base is only 60 miles (96km) from the Syrian border and a rash of terrorist incidents led the Pentagon to issue an “ordered departure” of all the family members of US troops at Incirlik who were asked to leave immediately.

    The base holds anywhere between 50 and 90 B-61 hydrogen bombs each with a yield of 170 kilotons or more than ten times the destructive force of the Hiroshima bomb that killed 140,000 people in 1945 – weapons with the collective destructive capacity to exterminate millions even if improperly used resting at a base that was deemed prior to the failed coup to be too unsafe for US troops’ family members.

    Security analysts estimate that within a matter of hours a terrorist with the right training could open up a nuclear weapon to disperse a radioactive cloud effectively converting a warhead into a dirty bomb and within a matter of minutes a prospective terrorist could breach the security perimeter while a well-organized group of militants would likely be successful in an attempt to besiege the facility if Turkish security forces decided against intervening.

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      Notice how both the Western mainstream and even Russian news outlets promote a similar stance against Erdogan and Turkey. Lets stand back and think for a minute and realize that Erdogan may be a large threat to the New Venice Empire and that’s a good thing. Why Russian news outlets aren’t more favourable of Erdogan is beyond me as he’s now pivoting towards Russia? Is it a lack of trust? Erdogan may be able to help finally oust New Venice’s evil Saudi Arabia! Turkey could help bring forth a gold-backed Dinar based money system into the Middle East and free the area from the Talmudic/Venetian Templar international bankers. Notice all this scaremongering about the nuclear weapons and realize it’s a set-up by intelligence news outlets to aid the acceptance of a NATO/U.S. intervention aka war on Turkey. Why have the West fell out with Erdogan? It’s all down to Islamic ambitions and gold-backed money which rattles the hell out the Sabbatean Talmudic money-changers who aided by Armenia both did everything in their power to destroy the original Ottoman Empire. New Venice is about to be punted from the Middle East and the Empire doesn’t like its collapse. Don’t be surprised if this NATO base isn’t the trigger for a large scale event which has the potential to trigger a World War III. Turkey should announce they’re leaving NATO and that the U.S. is welcome under guard to remove their nuclear weapons from the base in question. If Erdogan makes these things public then the U.S. will find it hard to demonize him or lie about the situation where by the U.S. might attempt an attack. Who would you prefer to hold nuclear weapons? Erdogan or Likud terrorist Benjamin Netanyahu who’s holding the world to ransom using the ‘Samson Option’? I believe I know the answer and therefore you shouldn’t fall for fearmongering about Erdogan. We must remember there are NATO and previous coup forces on the ocean waiting for orders to attack. Erdogan must remove Turkey from NATO ideally through a democratic referendum like process where again it’s harder to the West to twist the situation. Turkey must quickly mend all ties with Russia and join the BRICS New Development Bank which would help gain a military pact with both Russia and China as protection. We must all wish for Erdogan to do these things as this would be a major blow and further deterioration of the Empire of New Venice. The world waits with baited breath in anticipation of the Prometheans finally removing the Zeusian powers of hell.

      -= The Unhived Mind

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    British MP financed by group linked to failed Turkey coup

    Published time: 2 Aug, 2016 11:03
    Edited time: 2 Aug, 2016 11:49

    A British MP was paid thousands of pounds by a group allegedly linked to the failed Turkish military coup to write a report on Turkey’s human rights record, which was then promoted during a House of Commons debate, it has emerged.

    According to the Times, Tory MP Sir Edward Garnier accepted £115,994 ($152,951) from the Istanbul-based group Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF).

    The group has been linked to an organisation headed by the Islamic preacher Fetullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

    On July 15, a group of rogue soldiers that Ankara alleges were connected to Gülen attempted to topple the democratically-elected government in Turkey and bring martial law into effect.

    Garnier’s paper, titled ‘A Report on the Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in Turkey’, was released in September last year and promoted by London-based PR company Hawthorn, which offers “reputation management.”

    Copies were sent to then-foreign secretary Philip Hammond and then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

    It was written at a time when Gülen’s group was listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey.

    Garnier’s report focused almost solely on the juridical actions of the Turkish government against Gülen-linked organizations, according to the newspaper.

    In March this year, Garnier joined in a Commons debate on the EU-Turkey migrant deal, raising “serial and appalling” human rights and rule of law abuses by the Turkish government and urging a reversal of the UK’s support for Turkey’s accession to the EU.

    While he mentioned his contribution to the report during his Commons statement, he did not reveal it had been commissioned by a group linked to the Gülen movement.

    According to the Times, Garnier denied supporting the Gülenists and said his report was researched independently.

    The recent coup was unsuccessful, but more than 230 civilians were killed and 2,191 people were injured.

    Opposition parties have condemned the coup attempt.

    The Times says since the 1970s, Gülen has established a web of influence in Turkey through schools, media outlets and businesses, urging his followers to pursue careers in the police, judiciary, military and other institutions.

    He remains as the group’s honorary president.

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    Erdogan Predicts a Second Attempted Coup in Turkey is Imminent

    01:55 07.08.2016(updated 07:06 07.08.2016) Get short URL

    The Turkish President may be trying to play up fears within the country in a bid to garner more support from the public in the midst of a violent purge that has seen over 15,000 arrested and the country’s civil services ripped to shreds.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Hurriyet news that he did not believe that the July 15 coup attempt was the final act in the effort to overthrow his government and vowed to take further steps against the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO) who he blamed first and foremost for the attempted government overthrow despite saying recently that Fethullah Gulen was but a “pawn” for a superior power while his government laid blame directly at the feet of the US military and American intelligence.

    “The superior mind is playing ruthlessly,” said Erdogan during a press conference at the Huber Mansion in Istanbul. “I do not believe this thing [coup attempt] is over. We will not be come by languor.”

    The Turkish President also downplayed the notion that his life was in peril during the failed coup attempt when a fighter jet controlled by coup plotters followed over his plane within striking distance before having to be grounded for refueling. Instead, Erdogan suggests that the F-16 fighter jets did not have bombs to strike his plane.

    The president credited the media and the people of Turkey in standing up against the coup plotters on the night of the failed government overthrow and said that the final straw that broke the back of the attempted coup was when the Turkish government dropped 12 bombs on the Akinci Air Base in Ankara which was used as a headquarters by the anti-government forces.

    In the wake of the failed coup, the Turkish government has arrested over 15,000 individuals and has fired nearly 100,000 individuals from all sectors of government including education professionals, judges, and run-of-the-mill bureaucrats for allegedly conspiring with the Fethullahist Terror Organization. Erdogan has hinted that he would like to bring back the death penalty and impose this highest punishment on those who are currently detained saying “why should I keep them.”

    The Turkish government’s post-coup decorum has led to a major rift between Ankara and the West with officials from the Erdogan government repeatedly accusing top US generals of participating in the coup or siding with its plotters while the country’s prosecutors and media have made a public relations punching bag out of the CIA and FBI who these mediums purport trained Gulenists.

    Brussells has also chilled tremendously to Ankara’s demands that the Turkish people receive visa-free travel and that Turkey be fast-tracked to EU ascension based on the post-coup crackdown, but have not written off the Erdogan regime out of a realization that they need Ankara to help them resolve the growing migrant crisis within Europe.

    US Delegation to Visit Turkey Next Week to Discuss Extradition of Gulen

    06:52 07.08.2016Get short URL

    The US Justice Department is expected to send a delegation next week to Turkey to discuss the issue of extradition of Pennsylvania-based Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, a source in Turkey’s Justice Ministry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ankara believes that Gulen is seeking to overthrow the current government and is linked to the July 15 coup attempt in the country.

    The source told the Anadolu news agency on condition of anonymity that the US side had initiated the discussion of the issue and sent a letter to the Turkish Justice ministry.

    On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country. Over 13,000 people have been detained in connection with the coup, while about 250 people died during the coup attempt.

    Ankara has accused Gulen and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.

    Turkey has repeatedly asked the United States for the extradition of Gulen. The Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), made up of Gulen’s supporters, is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara. In 2014, Turkey opened an investigation into the organization’s activity for allegedly seeking to overthrow the government.

    Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied allegations that he orchestrated the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

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    Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Closure of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base After Failed Coup © AP Photo/

    04:48 08.08.2016(updated 06:41 08.08.2016) Get short URL

    Deputy Chairman of the Center-Left Republican People’s Party (CHP) Namik Havutca argues that the base that stores 90 US tactical nuclear weapons “makes enemies of friendly countries and poses a threat to Turkey’s internal stability.

    In the wake of the failed attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government on July 15 and the ensuing purge that has led to over 18,000 military servicemen and judges being rounded up and imprisoned on charges of treason, yet another Turkish leader has stepped forward calling on the country to step back from its alliance with NATO forces who top Erdogan regime officials accuse of being complicit in the botched coup.

    The Deputy Chairman of Turkey’s Center-Left Republican People’s Party has called for the immediate eviction of all foreign aircraft, tools and materials from the country and said that Incirlik Air Base should be shuttered.

    “Incirlik Air Base has added nothing but instability and fragmentation to Turkey and the region,” said Havutca. The lawmaker went on to say that the NATO base failed to stand by the Turkish people at a time when their blood was being spilled and the nation was in tears.

    The lawmaker said that Incirlik Air Base poses a threat to the country, both internally and externally calling it responsible for “multiplying our enemies and turning our friends into enemies of the state.”

    The politician has pushed forward a proposal titled “Incirlik Get Out” and calls on his colleagues in the parliament to support the measure in order to put an end to the military facility that he calls a “virus” that eats away at the Middle East.

    Finally, Havutca alleges that the NATO base “served the purpose of providing logical support to the organization in the coup attempt.”

    The strong words mirror recent anti-American protests near the base including a demonstration one week ago where 5,000 protesters screaming “death to the US” were trailed by vehicles and demanded that Incirlik Air Base be shutdown.

    The agitation of the Turkish people also comes amid numerous claims by the Erdogan regime that the CIA, FBI, and a top US General John F. Campbell were all really the masterminds of the coup whereas the regime’s nemesis-in-chief Fethullah Gulen was called nothing but a “pawn” by the Turkish President.

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