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2016-07-15 The Grand Turk
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Posted by trailing wife 2016-07-15 16:58|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6643 views ]  Top

#1 FoxNews on the coup
Posted by 3dc 2016-07-15 17:05||   2016-07-15 17:05|| Front Page Top

#2 The Turkish military has the job of keeping the government secular. This was way overdue.
Posted by Iblis 2016-07-15 17:13||   2016-07-15 17:13|| Front Page Top

#3 ITV:Turkey
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 17:15||   2016-07-15 17:15|| Front Page Top

#4 Don't panic! When a country's military deposes an Islamic nutjob that's a good thing. I bet Obama will be crying in his corn flakes but it's a good sign that the Turkish military has had enough of Erdogan.
Posted by jpal 2016-07-15 17:15||   2016-07-15 17:15|| Front Page Top

#5 Stealing my thunder, tw? :-)
Posted by Raj 2016-07-15 17:19||   2016-07-15 17:19|| Front Page Top

#6 Kidding aside, what does this mean for the refugee influx into Europe from Turkey? Does it dry up, or does it accelerate?
Posted by Raj 2016-07-15 17:20||   2016-07-15 17:20|| Front Page Top

#7 Rooshuns are saying Erdogan is getting the hell outta Dodge.
Posted by badanov 2016-07-15 17:22||  2016-07-15 17:22|| Front Page Top

#8 You were first Raj, but TW has quality.
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 17:22||   2016-07-15 17:22|| Front Page Top

#9 Runs on ATMs and water underway.
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 17:23||   2016-07-15 17:23|| Front Page Top

#10 BLOOMBERG:Turkey
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 17:25||   2016-07-15 17:25|| Front Page Top

#11 Provided the coup is successful, I suspect the Turkish relationship with Israel, already on the mend, will continue to improve.
Posted by Besoeker 2016-07-15 17:27||   2016-07-15 17:27|| Front Page Top

#12 CNNTurk:English edition
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 17:30||   2016-07-15 17:30|| Front Page Top

#13 Is it too much to ask for Erdogan's head on a platter?
Posted by Count Galeazzo Sping2180 2016-07-15 17:36||   2016-07-15 17:36|| Front Page Top

#14 From Russian Spring: Turkish Incirlik airbase has suspended all operations
Posted by badanov 2016-07-15 17:36||  2016-07-15 17:36|| Front Page Top

#15 #6 Stealing my thunder, tw? :-)

I do apologise, Raj, but I must have missed it, and I really did look.
Posted by trailing wife 2016-07-15 17:40||   2016-07-15 17:40|| Front Page Top

#16 Found it! You submitted without clicking on Turkey, so it wasn't where I looked before starting and so I missed it, Raj. I'll add a link to yours in my above, so people can see the discussion there, and join both.
Posted by trailing wife 2016-07-15 17:46||   2016-07-15 17:46|| Front Page Top

#17 Lumpy is stuck in a room somewhere facetiming with the outside world while civilians are in the streets cheering the tanks. This thing is was over immediately. Well done, Turkish military. Only thing left is to find out if he escapes or swings.
Posted by Mike N. 2016-07-15 17:48||   2016-07-15 17:48|| Front Page Top

#18 See my comment in Raj's post. Thanks Raj!
Posted by Steve White 2016-07-15 17:50||   2016-07-15 17:50|| Front Page Top

#19 Unfortunately the military hasn't captured Erdogan. This could end up in a bloody civil war.

Erdogan is speaking right now
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 17:51||   2016-07-15 17:51|| Front Page Top

#20 Daily Beast is reporting that Erdogan has already asked Germany for asylum. Would be hilarious if he was the only one they denied. Delicous

Posted by Mike N. 2016-07-15 17:52||   2016-07-15 17:52|| Front Page Top

#21 Collection of videos from Turkey (Site is Russian, but the videos appear to all be English language)
Posted by badanov 2016-07-15 17:53||  2016-07-15 17:53|| Front Page Top

#22 Is it too much to ask for Erdogan's head on a platter?

-goes into kitchen, rummages through cabinets-
Posted by swksvolFF 2016-07-15 17:54||   2016-07-15 17:54|| Front Page Top

#23 Erdogan is calling people to take to the streets. Not good. If they do this will lead to bloodshed.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 17:55||   2016-07-15 17:55|| Front Page Top

#24 Exile in Germany?

In the name of all German goats the motion is denied.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 17:57||   2016-07-15 17:57|| Front Page Top

Posted by badanov 2016-07-15 17:58||  2016-07-15 17:58|| Front Page Top

#26 This is tentative good news:

  • This should end ISIS under the table oil shipments

  • This will help curtail the migrants for money transit through Turkey

  • This will curtail dreams of resurrecting the Ottoman Empire...for now

Posted by Alaska Paul 2016-07-15 18:14||   2016-07-15 18:14|| Front Page Top

#27 Popcorn! Get yer popcorn here... Extra butter.
Posted by BrerRabbit 2016-07-15 18:22||   2016-07-15 18:22|| Front Page Top

#28 'Ladies and Gentlemen...due to..recent events and tragedies, I as Commander in Chief have ordered all available assets to assist our allies in the Middle East, and destroy the radical factions which are causing global instability.

Within two minutes of receiving a distress call, a uniformed Marine quick reaction force was en route to President Erdogon's private home. Let me be clear - I recognize President Erdogon as the legitimate government of Turkey. The first elements of our military will be in Istanbul immediately. All military equipment and personelle will be considered hostile.

In addition, I call for President al-Sisi of Egypt to immediately resign, and the rightly elected President Morsi be reinstated immediately.'
-Barry the Green
Posted by swksvolFF 2016-07-15 18:24||   2016-07-15 18:24|| Front Page Top

#29 I would have thought all those purges of officers would have stopped any coup. I wasn't expecting this.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 18:28||   2016-07-15 18:28|| Front Page Top

#30 This doesn't seem to be very well planned. Looks like the military in Istanbul isn't going along with it.

This could end up with Erdogan having more power than before.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 18:28||   2016-07-15 18:28|| Front Page Top

#31 However which way it goes -- and knowing that the Turkish military are the supporters of a secular and western-oriented civic government -- I can only think that the Black Lives Matter a**holes must be weeping into their Cheerios going into this weekend. The Nice massacre stole their news thunder - and now a Turkish coup is doing a victory dance over the wreckage - if there ever was a serious effort towards a Day of Rage. (Which might have been debatable, anyway.)

So - should we set up a betting pool over which country will offer Erdogan sanctuary? Any suggestions and bets?
Posted by Sgt. Mom  2016-07-15 18:41||  2016-07-15 18:41|| Front Page Top

#32 SKYnews live on FOX
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 18:41||   2016-07-15 18:41|| Front Page Top

#33 Junior officers apparently. Attacking the National Intelligence HQ.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 18:42||   2016-07-15 18:42|| Front Page Top

#34 I understand Venezuela has an opening, Mom.
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 18:42||   2016-07-15 18:42|| Front Page Top

#35 Let's hope they make a mess of Erdogan's nice new 1,000 room palace.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 18:45||   2016-07-15 18:45|| Front Page Top

#36 Gives a new perspective to Steve's 1ton gate bomb.
Posted by Skidmark 2016-07-15 18:57||   2016-07-15 18:57|| Front Page Top

#37 I'm wondering if Vladimir's fingerprints are anywhere on this coup.
Posted by Count Galeazzo Sping2180 2016-07-15 19:08||   2016-07-15 19:08|| Front Page Top

#38 *cough* Kurdistan *cough* *cough*
Posted by swksvolFF 2016-07-15 19:11||   2016-07-15 19:11|| Front Page Top

#39 PJMedia's Michael van der Galien has been reporting from Izmir on the coast of Turkey. He will continue as long as he has internet access.
Posted by trailing wife 2016-07-15 19:16||   2016-07-15 19:16|| Front Page Top

#40 Various tweets suggest that 1) the coup is being led by mid or junior officers and 2) it is failing, as state TV apparently is back in the hands of police.

Should be daylight there soon.
Posted by Steve WhIte 2016-07-15 19:40||   2016-07-15 19:40|| Front Page Top

#41 reports on twitter of the airforce fighting the army.
Posted by 3dc 2016-07-15 19:41||   2016-07-15 19:41|| Front Page Top

#42 At least some Gendarmerie siding with the coup. Which means Erdogan may have limited armed forces on his side.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 19:46||   2016-07-15 19:46|| Front Page Top

#43 Fatal mistake: They didn't get hold of Erdogan. And that's why the senior officers won't go along with the coup.

This will fail, and Erdogan will turn into a real dictator now.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 19:49||   2016-07-15 19:49|| Front Page Top

#44 Of course Obama gov blabbering about "democratically elected leader".

Erdogan has killed democracy in Turkey
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 19:51||   2016-07-15 19:51|| Front Page Top

#45 So Germany rejected at least ONE Turkish refugee

/stolen from my son
Posted by Frank G 2016-07-15 19:54||   2016-07-15 19:54|| Front Page Top

#46 I think that was an unfounded rumor.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 19:57||   2016-07-15 19:57|| Front Page Top

#47 TFG gets it wrong, of course, as he has to:
2:55 a.m.

The White House says President Barrack Obama has talked on the phone with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the events in Turkey.

It says the two agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed.

It added that Kerry underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey.

Kerry says the U.S. views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey and officials are monitoring "a very fluid situation."

Kerry says he spoke this evening to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States' absolute support for Turkey's democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.
Posted by Frank G 2016-07-15 20:05||   2016-07-15 20:05|| Front Page Top

#48 except that Yippy, like Hugo and Nick the Mad, weren't really democratically elected. Thumb on the scales, voting irregularities, opaque and changing rules and laws...
Posted by Frank G 2016-07-15 20:07||   2016-07-15 20:07|| Front Page Top

#49 Forces loyal to Erdogan have retaken Turkish TV building in Ankara. It's over, I guess.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 20:07||   2016-07-15 20:07|| Front Page Top

#50 Hitler was democratically elected, too
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 20:09||   2016-07-15 20:09|| Front Page Top

#51 The Gendamerie are key. They control the country outside the big cities. From memory there are 350,000 Gendamerie.

If Erdogan can control Ankara and Istanbul, but not the bulk of the country, this could go on for a while.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 20:13||   2016-07-15 20:13|| Front Page Top

#52 Problem is, his support is mainly rural. Erdogan will now purge the army, his last opponent.

Btw CNN and its local station CNN Turk did an appalling job, basically shilling for Erdogan and making sure he would get his message through.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 20:18||   2016-07-15 20:18|| Front Page Top

#53 Young Turks toasted. Beheadings to follow.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2016-07-15 20:18||   2016-07-15 20:18|| Front Page Top

#54 Coup soldiers have taken over CNN Turk. Bit late.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 20:43||   2016-07-15 20:43|| Front Page Top

#55 Let's see if Erdogan can make it out of the airport, where his plane has just landed.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 20:45||   2016-07-15 20:45|| Front Page Top

#56 Will depend on the marksmanship of junior officers
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 20:48||   2016-07-15 20:48|| Front Page Top

#57 It's not clear which side the airforce is on.
Posted by phil_b 2016-07-15 21:01||   2016-07-15 21:01|| Front Page Top

#58 The air force didn't shoot Erdogan's plane down. That should answer the question.
Posted by European Conservative 2016-07-15 21:06||   2016-07-15 21:06|| Front Page Top

#59 Wonder if France, Orlando and this have given NASA the jitters for the late Sunday early Monday SpaceX Launch to ISS:

2 hours ago
Interesting update on SpX-9 launch. Not sure the last time the KSC Press Site was closed due to “risk assessment”:

Posted by 3dc 2016-07-15 21:19||   2016-07-15 21:19|| Front Page Top

#60 It says the two agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed.

Why am I thinking "Ukraine"?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2016-07-15 21:30||   2016-07-15 21:30|| Front Page Top

#61 That would be the CNN that worked for Saddam before.
Posted by Procopius2k 2016-07-15 21:50||   2016-07-15 21:50|| Front Page Top

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