Policemen stand atop military armored vehicles after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Reuters: Turkey's bungled putsch: a strangely 20th century coup
It was a strangely 20th century coup, defeated by 21st century technology and people power.
When a self-styled military "Peace Council" tried to topple Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his increasingly authoritarian government on Friday night, the rebel generals and colonels seemed to be fighting the last war.
"This coup was obviously planned quite well but using a playbook from the 1970s," said Gareth Jenkins, a researcher and writer on military affairs based in Istanbul.
It was more like Chile in 1973, or Ankara in 1980 than a modern Western state in 2016.
The rebels struck on a weekend when the president was out of town at a holiday resort. They seized the main airport, sealed off a bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul, sent tanks to parliament and Ankara and to control the main road junctions, and broadcast a statement on TRT state television declaring a curfew and warning people to stay at home.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 18, 2016
Turkish F-16s patrol skies days after failed coup -- AP
Rebel Pilots of Turkish Fighter Jets Switched Off Radio During Coup Attempt -- Sputnik
Anti-ISIS operations out of Turkish air base resume after failed coup -- The Hill
Germany May End Anti-Daesh Operation After Turkey Blocks Incirlik Base -- Sputnik
Broken Trust: How a Failed Coup Weakens Turkey -- Stratfor
Russia to deliver S-400 antiaircraft missile system to Crimean grouping in August -- TASS
Russia's Cutting-Edge S-400 to Take Crimea's Defense to a 'Whole New Level' -- Sputnik
Just How Dangerous is Russia's Military? -- Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest
China commissions new space tracking ship -- IHS Jane's 360
China Announces South China Sea Military Exercises -- AP
China to conduct military exercises in disputed areas of South East Asian waters -- IBTimes
Arms Spending May Rise as Beijing Asserts Control in South China Sea -- VOA
Tehran gets first batch of missiles for S-300 complex -- RT
Britain votes on Trident amid political division -- DW
Ukrainian-US military exercises Sea Breeze begin in Black Sea -- TASS
Pentagon not impressed over slow start of cyberwar against Isis -- IBTimes
U.S. weighs more robust presence in Yemen for al Qaeda fight -- Reuters
Air Force general: F-35 ready to fight ISIS if called upon -- Air Force Times
Coming to Russia's Doorstep: America's Stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- National Interest
Is The F-35 Program Finally Getting Its Act Together? -- Task & Purpose
RIMPAC 2016: Russian Destroyer Shadowed USS America Near Hawaii -- USNI News
Head of US Navy Not Worried by Russian Ships Near Hawaii -- Military.com
US Navy Stretches Submarine Fleet in Latest Fleet Plan -- Defense News
Lockheed gets U.S. Navy Trident missile contract -- UPI
Longbow to upgrade US Army's Apache attack helicopter fire control radar -- Army Technology
The US Air Force Is Short 700 Fighter Pilots. Here’s Our Plan to Fix That. -- Defense One
U.S. and U.K. to study robotic troop re-supply -- UPI
Survey: Active military favor Trump over Clinton by 2-1 margin -- USA Today
US military installs Waldhauser as head of Africa command -- AP
U.S. military woefully unprepared to aid Americans during Benghazi attack -- Washington Times
Pentagon issues sex change manual, allows extended time off for process -- Washington Times
The overlooked civilian-military divide -- Robert W. McFarlin, The Hill