Thursday, July 06, 2017

Revisiting Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt - SPIEGEL

Almost one year ago, a coup attempt took place against Turkish President Erdogan. Even today, it remains unclear who was behind the attempt to overthrow the government. SPIEGEL reviewed numerous documents to create a chronology of events, as they happened.

Even today, almost a year after the attempted coup, it is still unclear what exactly happened on July 15, 2016, in Turkey. According to Erdogan, Gülen ordered the coup from his U.S. exile and his followers in the military, particularly in the Turkish air force, tried to take over control by force. But the revolt, according to the official narrative, failed due to popular resistance as people took to the streets in opposition to the soldiers.

Fethullah Gülen says that the attempted coup was staged by Erdogan himself in order to tighten his grip on power. Turkey's Western allies are unable to say for sure which version is closer to the truth.

For many years, Erdogan and Gülen controlled Turkey together, until a power struggle led to a falling out in 2013. Since then, Erdogan has viewed the cleric's followers as terrorists while the Gülen movement tried to get rid of Turkey's head of state. - Read More

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