Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turkey`s Government Fears A Second Military Coup Attempt



The Independent: Turkey government fears second military coup attempt as purge removes many army commanders

A third of generals detained as President Erdogan finds plot reaches into his inner circle, says Patrick Cockburn

Turkish leaders are fearful that there may be a second attempt at a military uprising in Turkey following the failure of the recent coup. Several important military units are confined to their bases and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been slow to return to Ankara from Istanbul, apparently because the capital has not been deemed completely secure.

Fears of a second coup attempt stem from the realisation by the Erdogan administration that the infiltration by pro-coup forces of the senior ranks of the 600,000-strong armed forces and intelligence apparatus went far deeper than originally suspected. Some 85 generals and admirals or almost a quarter of the total of 375 were jailed on Tuesday by a court, a sign that the government privately believes that the plot involved many more senior officers than the small clique it has publicly claimed was behind the abortive putsch. Other sources suggest that the true figure for generals detained is 125.

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More News On The Turkish Government Preparing Emergency Measures After The Coup

Erdogan Gathers His Top Turkey Security Chiefs as Purges Spread -- Bloomberg
Emergency Meetings Held as Turkey Reels from Coup Attempt -- VOA
Turkey prepares emergency measures after post-coup purge -- Reuters
Turkish Government to Consider State of Emergency After Coup -- Bloomberg
Erdogan Set to Launch New Measures as Part of Post-Coup Crackdown -- WSJ
Will Erdo─čan declare extraordinary measures? -- Serkan Demirtas, Hurriyet Daily News

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