Military Coup Attempt in Turkey.

A group of pro coup soldiers surrendering to the “Government military” on the Istanbul Bosphorous bridge in recent hours.

July 16th, 2016.

Attempted Coup in Turkey.

An attempted Military coup is underway in Turkey. A faction of the Turkish military have seized a number of key institutions and at least 194 people are reported dead in fighting between the Coup faction and soldiers and civilians loyal to the government. Government sources claim that hundreds of soldiers backing the coup are under arrest. The Guardian reports that the dead comprise “41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as “coup plotters.”

The plotters, who called themselves the “Peace Council” seized media sites and announced the imposition of a curfew and martial law, claiming to be acting in support of human rights and the secular character of the Turkish state.

The coup attempt is not over and fighting is reported in Ankara but it seems that the plotters have failed and that things are slowly beginning to return to normal. Ataturk airport has reopened and media outlets that were closed down have returned to air.

Turkish soldiers at state-run TRT studios surrender to police

There are two Turkish military forces operating at the moment and each has aircraft at their disposal.

The coup forces have used aircraft in their possession against loyalist factions and civilians.

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These type of events are not uncommon in Turkey where there have been five successful military coup over the past 60 years.

To their credit opposition parties have not offered any public support to the plotters. Supporters of the ruling AK party have taken to the streets to support the elected government responding to Erdogan’s call made after the government managed to retake control of parts of the media that had been closed by the plotters.

Who is Behind This?

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the coup on elements within the military loyal to Fetullah Gulen and his Hizmet movement. Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist leader who lives in the US, Gulen is alleged to be involved in  drug dealing and money laundering and is understood to be aligned with the CIA.

If the CIA have backed this and it fails this will be one of the greatest fiascos in the agencies history right up there with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in the early 1960’s.

Context.

The timing of this is very very strange. Several months ago a coup seemed likely and even desirable as the Turkish government made a series of blunders regarding their Syria policy that saw them edge close to war with Russia. Recently Turkey has sought to ease tensions with Russia and has adopted a more conciliatory tone regarding Syria. These developments appear to have displeased certain forces within the US Government and it seems they have encouraged the attempted overthrow of a NATO member government.

A low level civil war continues in South Eastern Turkey against Kurdish separatists and the Turkish military have suffered a number of losses in the fighting but there has never been any doubt as to whom holds the upper hand and the Kurdish fighters are routinely crushed and routed by a ruthless and powerful Turkish military.

In recent times President Erdogan and his government have taken a number of extraordinary steps that have led to accusations of autocracy and tyranny. Journalists revealing uncomfortable facts about the Turkish support for jihadists in Syria have faced imprisonment and prosecution and earlier this year the Gulen owned newspaper Today Zaman was seized by the government and the entire staff replaced with pro- government shills.

Erdogan has sought to change the Turkish constitution in order to greatly boost the power of the President. President Erdogan, his family and associates have faced repeated credible claims of corruption including partnership in the ISIS stolen oil trade.

Turkey has been a key facilitator of the bloody Syrian jihadist insurgency and has offered training and tactical support to both ISIS and the al Nusra front. internationally proscribed and designated terror groups. It is believed that even today Turkish military advisors are embedded with al Nusra units in northern Syria.

Mysteries Solved.

The coup attempt appears to clear up the mystery regarding several of the terror attacks that have taken place in Turkey this year. It seems almost certain now that the rogue military faction were conducting the attacks in an attempt to destabilise the nation and prepare the way for the coup.

That is why the State Department warned of attacks in Turkey the day before the Istanbul airport blasts-the CIA knew about the campaign as they were involved and the State Department were told by the CIA.

John Kerry’s comment about the attempted coup further give the game away. Speaking in Moscow Kerry stated:

“I hope there will be stability and peace and continuity within Turkey, but I have nothing to add on what has transpired at this moment.”(Source)

The reference to continuity makes it clear that Kerry and presumably the State Department are supportive of the coup and expected it to succeed. There is no other possible reason for the use of the term continuity.

It is likely that the Israeli Security firm ICTS were at the very least facilitators of the terror attack also.

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