Turkey coup: Attempted military takeover of country crushed Reuters
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the government is in charge of the country after a faction of the military launched a coup attempt on Friday night (15 July)
  • Attempts to oust Erdogan saw gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul and the capital, Ankara. Soldiers and tanks positioned themselves on key bridges in Istanbul
  • Erdogan accused of undermining Turkey's secular traditions
  • Erdogan called on the population to take to the streets to stop the takeover. He said the plotters had "pointed the people's guns against the people"
  • Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says 161 people were "martyred" throughout the country. The total death toll stands at 265 people, including coup plotters
  • A further 1,440 people have been injured
  • More than 2,800 military personnel have been detained across Turkey
  • Erdogan appeared to place blame at the feet of US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has previously been accused of stirring unrest
  • The Turkish Embassy in London said the country's armed forces were "not involved in the coup attempt in its entirety"

That concludes IBTimes UK's live coverage of the Turkey attempted coup. For the latest updates visit IBTimes UK.


Support for Erdogan from US President Obama who has just released a statement offering "unwavering support for the democratically-elected, civilian government of Turkey".

He added: "The president also underscored the shared challenges that will require continued Turkish cooperation, including our joint efforts against terrorism."


Senior military officer detained

Turkish forces have arrested General Adem Huduti, a top military official. Huduti is the commander of the Second Army, which is responsible for protecting the country's borders with Syria, Iran and Iraq.


Earlier optimism from Turkey that Greece will extradite the eight officers who arrived by helicopter to claim political asylum could be premature, according to a Greek Der Spiegel journalist. Giorgos Christides posted on the following message on Twitter:


Turkey's four main political parties stand in solidarity

Turkey's four main political parties roundly condemned the attempted coup in a joint statement read out in the general assembly.

"We the groups of four parties strongly condemn the coup attempt against our mighty nation, the national will the state, and lawmakers and parliament as its reflection, and the attacks on the parliament itself," Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman said as he read the statement.

"The Turkish parliament is on duty as one heart," the statement continued. "Despite our political differences, we are beside the national will, we embrace it and we will embrace it forever with all our lawmakers and organisations."


Following the failed coup attempt in Turkey, people in Ankara have taken to the streets to celebrate.


'Ravenous terrorist butchers in uniforms"

15 July will be remembered as "a festival for democracy," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said. Speaking to parliament, he said: "These are not soldiers, they are ravenous terrorist butchers in uniforms."

Yildirim also issued a stern warning, saying anybody who tries to undermine the will of the people will be "reminded of those coup plotters, whose lives have been snuffed out."


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has claimed the eight military personnel who landed in Greece on board a Blackhawk helicopter will be extradited. Greece is yet to officially confirm the extraditions will take place.


Times journalist Hannah Lucinda Smith has shared a striking picture of detained soldiers who have been stripped of their uniforms.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out against the attempted coup in Turkey and lamented the loss of life. "It's tragic that so many people died during this attempted coup," the German leader told reporters in Berlin. "The bloodshed in Turkey must stop now."

She added: "Tanks on the streets and air strikes against the own people are injustice."


An extraordinary session has just opened at the Turkish parliament.

"What is necessary will be done and [the perpetrators] will be punished in the heaviest manner," Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman said in an opening speech.


Extraordinary claims by conspiracy theorists that the failed coup was faked in order for Erdogan to suppress opposition and secure greater powers. The hashtag #TheatreNotCoup was used to speculate on the theory.


Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has condemned the attempted coup. "HDP, as a matter of principle and under all circumstances, is against all kinds of coups. There is no way but democracy," a statement from the party said.

Turkey's army has been fighting Kurdish rebels since the collapse of a 2-year-old ceasefire in July 2015, in which at least 338 civilians lost their lives, according to Human Rights Watch.


Demonstrators have gathered outside Ankara, waving Turkish flags and singing the national anthem in support of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.


Remaining pro-coup troops reportedly surrender

A last remaining group of Turkish military personnel have surrendered, according to the state run Anadolu news agency, which cited a security source. Some 150 "plotters" were holding out at the General Staff headquarters in the capital, Ankara.

The surrenders reportedly include 13 "high-ranking naval officers". The report noted that members of the group "are suspected of being members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization."


Turkish Airlines resumes operations

The airline has said its "operations at Istanbul Ataturk Airport is now back to normal and flights have resumed." The notification on the carrier's website thanks its customers for their understanding.


US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation in Turkey.

John Kerry
John Kerry says the US 'stands by the government of Turkey' Reuters

He said: "The United States, without any hesitation, squarely and unequivocally stands for democratic leadership, for the respect for the democratically elected leader and for constitutional process with that regard.

"We stand by the government of Turkey. It is our understanding that things are now calm, that order is being restored. I talked directly with my foreign minister counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, last night at the time where things were still uncertain as to what was happening and expressed my confidence in him and in the Government and our readiness to be supportive.

"At this moment, all of our embassy personnel are 100% accounted for and okay. We are working to determine that all of our citizens who are travelling in Turkey are equally well taken care of and protected.

"There was obviously an unfortunate loss of life and so we extend our sympathies to all of the families of the victims, and our hope that in the immediate hours here things will remain calm. That there will be a constitutional process, and a legal process, that will deal appropriately with coup-plotters.

"But as of this moment, Turkey's co-operation with us with our coutner-terrorism efforts, in our Nato obligations and in our regional efforts with respect to Syria and Isis [Islamic State] have not been affected negatively. All of that has continued as before.

"I'm sure people will wonder about allegations of who may have instigated this and where support came from, the United States will obviously be supportive of any legitimate investigative efforts and under due process and within the law, we will be completely supportive of efforts to assist the government if they so request."


Greece says Turkey's Blackhawk helicopter will be returned "as soon as possible".

Spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said: "The government is in contact with the Turkish authorities for...the return of the military helicopter as soon as possible."

In terms of the eight Turkish military personnel claiming political asylum in Greece, Gerovasili said that "we will follow the procedures of international law. However, we give very serious considerations to the fact that [the Turkish military men] are accused, in their country, of violating the constitutional order and trying to overthrow democracy".


According to Hurriyet newspaper, some privates who were taken into military custody have said they were not aware that they were part of an attempted coup. They alleged that commanders said they were conducting military manoeuvres.


No extradition request for Gulen says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Turkey to provide any evidence on US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Ankara has accused Gulen of leading the coup - a charge which he vehemently denies.

Kerry added that the US has not received an extradition request for Gulen from Turkey. Read Gulen's earlier statement below:

"I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey," he said in an statement, according to the New York Times. "Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force."

"I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly," he added. "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."


EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has issued a statement denouncing last night's events. It says:

"We condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterate our full support to the democratic institutions of the country. We are in contact with the Turkish authorities and continue to closely monitor events.

"We regret the loss of lives and extend our condolences to the families of the victims as well as to those injured. We call for an end to the use of violence and for continued restraint and responsibility to be shown by the police and security forces to prevent further casualties.

"Societal tensions can only be addressed through democratic processes. We underline the need for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order with its checks and balances and stress the importance for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms to prevail. The EU stands in solidarity with Turkey and the Turkish people."


Uprising 'a gift from god' says Erdogan

Turkey's president had strong words for the coup plotters.

"They will pay a heavy price for this," Erdogan was quoted as saying by Reuters. "This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army."

Erdogan, who was in the resort of Marmaris, said attempts had been made against him while he was there. "They bombed places I had departed right after I was gone," he said. "They probably thought we were still there." According to reports, Erdogan had left the resort when shots rang out.