Tag: Turkey

Turkey chaos following coup attempt leaves Assad as big winner

The Turkish government’s massive crackdown on opponents and those alleged to be involved in the failed coup has left the country’s military and institutions weaker and less able to play a large role in toppling Syria’s regime.   Turkish authorities have suspended or detained around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers since the […]

Erdogan back in Ankara after coup, to chair security council

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to chair meetings of his national security council and cabinet in Ankara Wednesday after returning to the capital for the first time since the failed coup aimed at ousting him from power, officials said.   Erdogan, who was in the Aegean resort of Marmaris when the coup struck late […]

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed Turkish coup

urkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.   Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since […]

President Erdogan could be using the coup against him to turn Turkey towards full-scale Islamisation

As crowds chant calls for the execution of those involved in the failed coup in Turkey, there are fears that this once-secular country is decisively turning the corner towards full scale Islamisation. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the attempted military takeover to justify a purge of state officials and army officers who do not […]

Did Erdogan stage a coup against himself?

Despite a claim by US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen that the coup was a ruse by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to crack down on his domestic opponents, evidence so far points to a real coup attempt.   Pictures of the destroyed Ankara police headquarters bombed by helicopters, other damaged buildings, and Erdogan breaking down in […]

Erdoğan refuses to rule out execution of failed Turkey coup leaders

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has refused to rule out executing the ringleaders of last week’s failed coup, despite repeated warnings from western leaders who said the use of the death penalty would end Turkish hopes of joining the European Union.   “The people have the opinion that these terrorists should be killed,” Erdoğan […]

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights

At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.   The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in […]

Turkey coup attempt raises fears over safety of US nuclear stockpile

The attempted coup in Turkey on Friday and the subsequent closure of the Incirlik airbase in the south of the country have raised fresh questions about the wisdom of the US stationing the biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons in Europe at such a vulnerable site.   Even before the abortive putsch, the potential terrorist threat […]

Erdogan Triumphs After Coup Attempt, but Turkey’s Fate Is Unclear

Standing atop a bus outside his mansion in Istanbul on Saturday night, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, victorious after putting down a coup attempt by renegade factions of the military, told his followers, “We only bow to God.”   The symbolism was stark. The informal rally harked back to his days as an up-by-the-bootstraps populist and […]

Erdoğan clamps down after crushing attempted military coup

Turkey’s hardline president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, unleashed a purge of his enemies in the army and judiciary on Saturday after heading off an attempted military coup.   Erdoğan’s office put the death toll in street clashes and airborne dogfights between rebels and loyalists at 265. About 2,800 soldiers were arrested in a day of extraordinary […]