Who motivated and commanded the approximately 6000 soldiers involved in the failed coup in Turkey?
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed a “parallel structure” – a reference to Fethullah Gülen, a former ally and now arch enemy. But Mr Gülen told “he condemned in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey”. He lives in exile in the United States. Turkey demanded to expel him.
The government has planed before to kick-out 600 officers connected to the Gülen movement. Maybe this triggered the coup.
Now Erdogan wants to clean the forces from all anti AKP opposition elements, he told in his first statement. He even dared to say it was “a present by God, as now we can purify the military.”
GLOBALO researched in Turkey:
- The military was divided. General Hulusi Akar, the loyal Chief of Staff, was arrested by the coup military, and with other military not involved. He was appointed by president Erdogan, who has placed his people in the military over the last years.
- More than 6,000 soldiers have been detained, including 100 generals and admirals. Even Mr Erdogan’s top military aide Colonel Ali Yazici is now in custody.
Among the arrests:
- General Ihan Salur, LtGen Mustafa Ozsoy and Admiral Murat Sirzai (in picture left). You can see them beaten und in civil clothes in the police video below.
- Generalmajor Mehmet Disli who had arrested the Chief of Staff during the coup (photo below)
- General Bekir Ercan Van, the commander of Incirlik air base in the south used by US-led coalition and German jets to counter ISIS in Syria, here greeting US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
- General Erdal Ozturk, commander of the Third Army- photo below
- General Adem Huduti, commander of the Second Army- picture below
In the cover picture you see the Commander of the Turkish Air Forces General Akin Özturk (left) briefing than Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a special security meeting on Islamic State in Syria and the PKK in Iraq, at Cankaya Palace, Ankara, July 25, 2015. He was the leader of the coup, but claimed he was loyal.
- These generals – as more in the military – follow state founder Atatürk and mistrust Erdogan as a political Islamist who has rejects modern Turkey’s secular heritage, the foundation of the state in tradition with the father of all Türks (Atatürk).
- Turkey is now the only dictatorship within the NATO alliance. Can or should it stay in the alliance of democracies any more? Even become a member in the family of democracies in Europe, called the European Union?
- Erdogan has mistrusted the military and built up a heavily armed and loyal police force with strong AKP influence, which was now used against the soldiers with much success.
This video of the dishonored and beaten generals and admirals as they are registered in the police HQ in Ankara demonstrates again:
Erdogan shows no mercy and no style, but loves bloody revenge.
Is this how a democratic leader and NATO head of state acts?
A partner in the alliance and with the European Union?
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said in Brussels that NATO will be scrutinizing Turkey in coming days to ensure that it fulfills the alliance’s requirement that members adhere to democratic governance. “NATO also has a requirement with respect to democracy,” he said.
— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) July 18, 2016