Turkey Attempted Coup Points The Finger Toward The US and Israel

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has blamed the coup attempt on US-based religious leader Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher and one-time ally who fell from Erdogan’s good graces for allegedly orchestrating a corruption scandal in 2012 and running a “parallel state”. In Istanbul on Saturday, Erdogan urged the United States to extradite the preacher.

The Obama administration would consider an extradition request for the US-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday. But he said Turkey’s government would have to prove Fethullah Gulen’s wrongdoing.

In Israel

Akin Ozturk during his tenure as military attache with Israeli politician Amram Mitzna

The israeli hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that Gen. Akın Öztürk, a former commander of the Turkish Air Force, was one of the two named orchestrators of the attempted military coup d’état; they are both to be tried for treason; Öztürk served more than 40 years and was a decorated combat pilot and member of the Supreme Military Council.

More than 2,800 military personnel that were part of the attempted coup d’état in Turkey on Friday night were arrested, including senior officers. The Turkish media have indicated two of them as having orchestrated the attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime: Lt. Gen. Metin İyidil, commander of combat and support training in the land forces, and Gen. Akın Öztürk, the former commander of the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) and Turkey’s military attaché to Israel from 1996 to 1998.

The 64-year-old Öztürk resigned from the TuAF in August of last year, but he continued on as a member of the Supreme Military Council, which is responsible for military appointments, inter alia. While he may be considered an enemy of the state following the attempted coup, but beforehand, he was one of its most decorated heroes with NATO and Turkish Armed Forces medals.
Turkish authorities have announced that Öztürk and İyidil will be tried for treason.


Coup orchestrators Ozturk and Iyidil

Earlier on Saturday, Erdoğan condemned those who planned the attempted coupbefore thousands of supporters: “They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.” Earlier, Erdoğan said the government was arresting coup supporters in the military and warned “they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.”

Turkey’s top judicial body, the HSYK, dismissed 2,745 judges on Saturday, according to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.
More that 2,839 military personnel were detained.
The coup attempt began at around 19:30GMT on Friday with the partial closure by troops of two major bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

“Their immediate goal was to seize control of key areas like the Bosphorus Bridge or Taksim Square. In Ankara, they tried to storm the Presidential Palace, the Prime [Minister’s office], the National Intelligence Organization and the Parliament. They also attempted to take down the satellite infrastructure and, in some areas, seized control of telecommunications hubs.” A total of 265 people were killed in the attempted coup that played out overnight across Turkey

1 comment to Turkey Attempted Coup Points The Finger Toward The US and Israel

  • yep

    hey america, the turks got your nukes, what are you going to do about that, tell your freinds in israel everyone knows you and israel help to create this mess, time to pay up

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