Daniel Halliday
Mar 11 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
What exactly happened in the failed Turkish coup in 2016?
On July 15 2016 a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces calling themselves the Peace at Home Council tried to gain control over Istanbul and Ankara in an attempted coup d'état. Over three hundred people lost their lives, thousands were injured and tens of thousands were arrested as forces loyal to the government defended against and prevented the Peace at Home Council from taking control of the country. What led to this failed coup attempt, why did it fail and what are the wider implications for a country under an Erdoğan government?
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An unsatisfied military

Behind the 2016 failed coup in Turkey was undoubtedly a military unsatisfied with the decline of secularism and democracy in Turkey, the disregard for human rights, and Turkey’s loss of credibility internationally. The Council for Peace at Home were an executive body of the Turkish Armed Forces led by Turkish Air Force Commander Akın Öztürk who failed to take control of the country as their dismissal of the Turkish Government failed due to military defeat during the coup. This sloppy coup attempt has been blamed on the rushed nature of the action due to it being a direct reaction to news of a massive up-coming military purge.

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Eroğan tightening grip on power

The 2016 is tied up in a dramatic change in president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rhetoric and goals as ruler of the country, going from growth and progress to tightening his hold on power in Turkey. Following Turkey’s failed application for membership in the European Union, Erdoğan began concentrating on power consolidation, using increasingly religious, reactionary and authoritarian rhetoric as justification for this. The failed coup coincides with this change and has undoubtedly benefited Erdoğan, as the reaction to the coup attempt has been a massive purge of the military and private sector. This has involved nearly 200,000 people being detained and some tortured, and the seizing of billions of dollars worth of assets from those accused of being involved in the coup. Regardless of accusations put forth by the Erdoğan government numerous countries intelligence services have rejected the official Turkish explanation of the coup as orchestrated by the Gülen movement, leaving the most of the evidence pointing squarely at Erdoğan. yahoo.com/news/erdogan-expects-turkish-parliament-restore-capital-punishment-105152434.html nytimes.com/2017/07/22/business/turkey-akin-ipek-fethullah-gulen-recep-tayyip-erdogan.html

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