Jul 16

Turkish soldiers thought coup was military ‘exercise’:

Soldiers arrested during a failed coup attempt in Turkey told interrogators that they thought that they were taking part in military exercises.

A group of 678 troops and 10 officers, headed by a colonel, was detained by authorities at Ataturk International Airport overnight.During the interrogations, some of the soldiers claimed that, initially, they had no idea that they were taking part in an attempt to topple the government, thinking that it was just a military drill.

“Only when people began to climb on the tanks, we understood everything,” the soldiers said, according to Hurriyet newspaper.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has reported that 2,839 soldiers and officers implicated in the overnight coup attempt have been arrested.

At least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, and the country’s largest city, Istanbul.

A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night, employing tanks and attack helicopters.

The conspiracy failed, as the organizers of the coup were unable to gain wide support from the military or population and didn’t manage to capture any high-ranking officials.

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One Response to “Turkish soldiers thought coup was military ‘exercise’”

  1. henk korbee Says:

    it seems that muslimbrotherhood is involved so expect more violence will enter not only in Turkey but also in west-EU. Up to now it isn’t asked why there was coup d’état by a lot of the military top and it failed so easy? Why should Turkey be member of the EU? Most of Turkish people do not understand what democracy is as they believe that the majority has to dominate all life aspects by a strong leader and will dictate how to live your lives. Even Turkish people living in west-EU still do have that idea. So the question is: can we rely on turkish people in the EU who are supporting Erdogan? I would say: no.

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