Military Coup Fails in Turkey

Turkey Coup

The Turkish military tried to stage a coup in order to keep Turkey a secular nation not ruled by Islamists.

Naturally, Obama was on the side of the Islamist government, not the insurgents who wanted freedom.

The bad news is that the coup failed.

Bloomberg reports:

Erdogan Vows to Punish Rebels as Leaders Claim Coup Plot Foiled

Turkey’s leaders appeared to have largely quelled an attempted military coup as reports began to surface of rebel soldiers surrendering to police authorities, bringing to an end a bloody conflict that had tanks blockading roads, soldiers fighting police and warplanes bombing the parliament in Ankara.

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In the clearest sign yet the government had gained the upper hand, about 50 rebel soldiers who had been blocking a critical bridge across a waterway in Istanbul, left their tanks and armored carriers with hands raised, according to images broadcast by NTV.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Istanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a group of followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. “They will pay a heavy price for their treason,” Erdogan said in comments carried by AHaber. A group backed by the preacher condemned any military intervention in Turkish domestic politics in a statement on its website.

Many experts agree this will lead to a massive crackdown by the Erdogan government and that Turkey will drift further into Islamic rule.

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