Daily Mail: 'I could have DIED': Turkey dictator Recep Erdogan says coup wasn't staged to tighten his iron grip on power as 7,500 'ringleaders' are arrested
* Recep Erdogan accused of staging Friday's bloody coup to cement power
* His enemy, Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen said violence could have been orchestrated
* But the tyrant angrily denied the claims saying he could have been killed
* He fled a holiday home on Marmaris coast when troops moved in to shoot
* Dictator said: ‘If I had stayed an extra ten or 15 minutes more I would have been killed or taken hostage.'
Turkey tyrant Recep Erdogan today denied claims he staged Friday's coup to tighten his grip on power and claimed: 'I could have died.'
The dictator was holidaying in Marmaris soldiers in tanks, helicopters and F16s stormed the capital Ankara and Istanbul.
‘Two of my personal body guards were martyred [in Marmaris],’ Mr Erdogan said, describing the dramatic moment he fled the beach front holiday home.
‘If I had stayed an extra ten or 15 minutes more I would have been killed or taken hostage,’ he added.
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News Updates On Turkey -- July 19, 2016
The Latest: 1,000 pro-gov’t demonstrators rally in Istanbul -- AP
Arrests after coup attempt in Turkey LIVE UPDATES -- RT
Turkey's Erdogan recounts night of coup, mulls death penalty -- AP
Erdoğan refuses to rule out execution of failed Turkey coup leaders -- The Guardian
Turkey PM vows to purge Gulen movement 'by the roots' -- BBC
Erdogan refuses to rule out execution of coup plotters as he says country may reintroduce death penalty if it's the will of the people -- Daily Mail
Turkey: Coup plotters 'acted early' in fear of arrests -- Al Jazeera
Turkish Intelligence Knew Military Coup Would be Carried Out in Advance -- Sputnik
Turkish military says most members of armed forces had nothing to do with coup -- Reuters
Turkish naval ships & choppers reportedly missing since botched coup, Turkey Deputy PM denies -- RT
Turkey removes 492 state religious personnel after failed coup -- Reuters
Turkey fires tens of thousands in hunt for plotters of failed coup -- AP
Turkey says US given evidence of Gulen's role in coup -- Al Jazeera
Turkey sent official request to US on extradition of Fethullah Gulen -- TASS
Turkey demands US extradite 'coup mastermind' cleric Fethullah Gulen from Pennsylvania -- Daily Mail
Turkey preparing extradition request for U.S.-based cleric: Erdogan spokesman -- Reuters
U.S. has not received Turkey extradition request for cleric: U.S. official -- Reuters
WikiLeaks suffers ‘sustained attack’ after announcing megaleak of Turkey govt docs -- RT
Wikileaks comes under 'sustained attack' after promising to expose 300,000 internal Turkish government emails -- Daily Mail
Turkey’s Erdogan Used Social Media He Despised to Stay in Power -- Bloomberg
The strategic consequences of Turkey's failed coup -- Sinan Ulgen, Al Jazeera