Daniel Halliday
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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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A possible staged coup

The benefits Eroğan has managed to squeeze out of this coup attempt, in that his grip on power in the country is so complete, has lead to conspiracy theories rising around the possibility that Eroğan himself is behind the coup. Links between Eroğan and some of the people involved in the coup, the speed of arrests, the unusual time and Eroğan’s use of the coup as an excuse to carry out a massive purge of possible opponents have all led to the popularisation of this theory. Eroğan himself has even described the coup as “a gift from God” as he was able to use it as an excuse to remove “members of the gang” from the military, but he didn’t stop there with 2475 judges arrested within 24 hours to add to the 2839 military personnel.

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The Gülen movement

The Turkish government have maintained that the coup was carried out under the political, economic, educational and religious network of Fethullah Gülen. The Gülen movement is currently outlawed in Turkey as an armed terrorist group, Fethullah Gülen currently lives in exile in the United States and has had various arrest warrants issued against him in Turkey. Fethullah Gülen supported the 1980 military coup d'état against the Turkish government, has long been accused of political interference in the judiciary, military and the police, of manipulating corruption investigations and illegally wiretapping the executive office of the Turkish president.

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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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