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July 18, 2016

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

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In an unsuccessful coup attempt apparently by elements of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and Ankara, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported on Saturday. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were detained and, according to another military official, 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar, held by the rebels, was later freed.

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On Friday, the rebels declared martial law claiming to have “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government was responsible for damaging Turkey’s secular tradition. They shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport and blocked the two bridges over the Bosphorus, with gunfire and, by some reports, jets dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites were blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire and explosions were reported at the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Instanbul on Saturday, said, “Those who betrayed this country will pay for this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on the streets of Istanbul.

During Erdoğan’s address to citizens, coup supporters were seen surrendering, abandoning military tanks, given citizen opposition to the coup. Eight people fled the country seeking asylum in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, according to Greek officials.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen, who is currently in the United States on an exile, was responsible for the coup; Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Gülen condemned the attempt.


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July 17, 2016

Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Yesterday, in a failed attempt of coup by Turkish Armed Forces, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were arrested and 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar was held by the rebellions, was later freed.

On Friday, rebellion army declared martial law claiming they had “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s Islamist-aligned government was responsible of demolition of Turkey’s secular tradition. They had shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport, blocked two bridges started firing and jets were dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites had been blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire explosions were reported in the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım had declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Ankara yesterday, said, “Who betrayed this country will pay this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain the president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan’s supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on Istanbul’s streets.

While Erdoğan was addressing the citizens, the coup setters surrendered abandoning the military tanks as citizens did not support them instead stood up against them. Eight people fled the country to find shelter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis from Turkish military helicopter.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen had ignited the spark of coup, who is currently in the United States on an exile.


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June 29, 2016

Suicide bombers attack Istanbul\’s Ataturk airport

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Yesterday, three individuals committed a suicide attack on Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The attack started with the three individuals shooting weapons near the terminal entrance. After police started to return fire the individuals blew themselves up.

41 people were killed in the attack, and at least another 239 injured, according to officials. Those killed include nationals of several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, stated current details point towards the Islamic State (IS) militant group as the culprits. This group has previously been blamed for a number of attacks in Turkey since last July.

The BBC reported IS have been targeting Turkey as being too connected to the West through NATO, as well as seeing its government as not being Islamic enough.

The attacks have led to concerns for the Turkish tourism sector, considered important to the country’s economy.

President Barack Obama of the United States and President Vladmir Putin of Russia both condemned the attack. Russia also announced it had lifted trade and travel restrictions which had been in place since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter Jet last November.

Today has been declared a day of national mourning in Turkey.



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March 21, 2016

Suicide bomber attacks Istanbul, kills four

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At least four people were killed by a suicide bomb in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday morning. The suicide bomber was a fifth death.

At least 36 people were injured, according to Turkish health minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu. Reports varied on how may injured were foreigners; Minister Müezzinoğlu identified the nationalities of twelve injured from Israel, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Iran, and Dubai. The blast occurred prematurely, according to CNN Türk.

The attack took place on Istiklal Street, a popular pedestrian commercial street.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the blast “inhumane,” saying Turkey would continue to fight “centres of terrorism”.

This is the third attack in Turkey in just over a month, following a car bomb that killed more than 30 people in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, six days earlier, and the bombing of a military convoy in mid-February.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey condemned the Ankara attack, saying, “Terror organisations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces[…] Terror attacks — which intend to target the integrity of Turkey, unity and solidarity of our people — do not diminish our will to fight against terror, but further boost it.”

The Ankara attack has since been claimed by a Kurdish military group, the Kurdish Freedom Falcons: “We claim the operation of March 13, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. in the heart of the Republic of Turkey”.

The Kurdish Freedom Falcons are associated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to Reuters, violence has escalated in southeast of Turkey since the July collapse of the Turkey–PKK ceasefire.



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Suicide bomber attacks Istanbul

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At least four people were killed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday morning. The suicide bomber was a fifth death.

At least 36 people were injured, according to Turkish health minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu. Reports varied on how may injured were foreigners; Minister Müezzinoğlu identified the nationalities of twelve injured from Israel, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Iran, and Dubai. The blast occurred prematurely, according to CNN Türk.

The attack took place on Istiklal Street, a popular pedestrian commercial street.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the blast “inhumane,” saying Turkey would continue to fight “centres of terrorism”.

This is the third attack in Turkey in just over a month, following a car bomb that killed more than 30 people in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, six days earlier, and the bombing of a military convoy in mid-February.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey condemned the Ankara attack, saying, “Terror organisations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces[…] Terror attacks — which intend to target the integrity of Turkey, unity and solidarity of our people — do not diminish our will to fight against terror, but further boost it.”

The Ankara attack has since been claimed by a Kurdish military group, the Kurdish Freedom Falcons: “We claim the operation of March 13, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. in the heart of the Republic of Turkey”.

The Kurdish Freedom Falcons are affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to Reuters, violence has escalated in southeast of Turkey since the July collapse of the Turkey–PKK ceasefire.



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September 7, 2010

U2 walks over the Bosphorus Bridge before concert

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Members of Irish rock band U2 took a walk on Istanbul’s famous Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia on Sunday, accompanied by Turkish ministers Egemen Bağış and Hayati Yazıcı.

Lead singer Bono gave a speech during the trip. “Last September I was asking, what would be the most inspiring thing about Istanbul? And I said you know[, Bağış], it is the bridge between the East and the West, Europe and Asia, the secular and the religious. It is very important. And then you suggested ‘maybe would you like to walk on the bridge? Would you like to play a concert?’ And I said a walk will be much easier than a concert. Now I am not so sure.”

U2 have also met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Dolmabahçe Palace before their concert at Atatürk Olympic Stadium as part of the U2 360° Tour. They presented him a red iPod nano.



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August 30, 2010

2010 FIBA World Championship starts

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The opening ceremony of basketball‘s 2010 FIBA World Championship took place in Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul on Friday.

The celebrations started with a special show by the world-renowned group Cirque du Soleil. It was followed by the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, a Janissary band, and the singers Fatih Erkoç and Müslüm Gürses. Then Whirling Dervishes took to the stage. Turkish diva Sezen Aksu performed with the Italian tenor Alessandro Safina and Greek singer Haris Alexiou. To finish, Turkish dance group Fire of Anatolia performed the show “Troy”.

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—FIBA President Bob Elphinston

FIBA President Bob Elphinston gave a speech during the ceremony. “FIBA assigned the event to Turkey in 2004 and after six years of hard work, a dream comes true. Turkey is ready and Turkey will deliver. We thank the Turkish government for the great support.”

The first round of the tournament, which is in Europe for the first time since 1998, will tip off in Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Kayseri.



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February 25, 2010

Turkey charges seven military officers over coup plot

Turkey charges seven military officers over coup plot

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A Turkish court on Wednesday charged and jailed seven senior Turkish military officers for allegedly plotting several years ago to overthrow the Turkish government.

The officers consist of four admirals, an army general, and two staff colonels. Among them were Admiral Ramazan Cem Gundeniz, Admiral Aziz Cakmak, retired General Mehmet Kaya Varol, retired Admiral Ali Deniz Kutluk, and retired Admiral Ozer Karabulut. Also arrested were retired General İbrahim Fırtına, who was Commander of the Air Force from 2003 until his retirement in 2005, and retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, Commander of the Navy, also from 2003 to 2005. The court released six other officers.

The seven were among more than 40 officers arrested on Monday over an alleged 2003 plot to create chaos in Turkey and justify a military coup. The military said in a statement that all top generals and admirals met at the military headquarters yesterday to evaluate “the serious situation” regarding the investigation.

Last month Taraf newspaper stated it had obtained 5,000 pages of documents and tapes on the ‘Sledgehammer’ plan, which was aimed to overthrow the AK party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) and to justify an army takeover in 2003. According to the report on January 21 2010, the army had plotted to provoke Greek fighter jets into shooting down a Turkish military jet and plant bombs in Istanbul mosques. The Turkish military had said documents were part of a military training seminar and not meant to be carried out.

Chief of General Staff İlker Başbuğ on January 25 called these allegations “unconscionable” and said they were part of a campaign of psychological warfare designed to undermine public trust in the armed forces.

“This is not something we’ve ever experienced in Turkey before, so it’s very hard to predict what will happen,” said Etyen Mahcupyan, director of the democratization program at Istanbul research institute Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation. Possible military responses may range from a mass resignation to a statement expressing faith in the judicial process, he said.

29 of those detained are being questioned by Istanbul police and another ten officers were brought before an Istanbul court on Tuesday morning according to reports by NTV and state-run Anatolian news agency.

The Turkish Armed Forces have been responsible for 4 military coups in Turkey in the last 50 years. Other senior military officers have been arrested and indicted in separate plot to overthrow the government, involving a supposed far-right, ultra-nationalist group known as Ergenekon. Opponents of the government claim the ongoing trial of the Ergenekon group is being used by the government to target political opposition. The government rejects the accusation.


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October 12, 2009

Greece’s newly elected Prime Minister pays first foreign visit to Turkey

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George Papandreou

George Papandreou, the new Greek Prime Minister, paid his first foreign visit to neighbouring Turkey on Friday. Papandreou arrived in Istanbul to attend an informal Balkan countries’ ministerial meeting.

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—George Papandreou

He first visited the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, where he said both countries must work together to unify Cyprus. Bartholomew said Papandreou’s arrival in Turkey for his first foreign visit is very important for Greek–Turkish relations, which are tense due to Cyprus and Aegean Sea disputes.

Later, he met with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. The two prime ministers appreciated the ongoing reunification talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He also visited his then-counterpart and friend İsmail Cem’s tomb at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.



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September 24, 2009

‘Last Ottoman’ dies at age 97

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ertuğrul Osman, the last surviving pretender to the Ottoman throne, died on Wednesday after a renal failure at the age of 97. His wife, who was by his side, when he died, confirmed this was the case. The location of his death is a hospital in Istanbul. He had spent one week in hospital at the time of his death.

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