Turkish coup attempt could hurt US-led fight against ISIL

Turkish police officers, loyal to the government, stand atop tanks abandoned by Turkish army officers, near Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge on Saturday, July 16, 2016, following a military failed coup.

"This is a betrayal.and they are going to pay for this", he said.

She said: "When I got home I heard there was shooting in Taksim Square and I started hearing the gunfire and the call to prayer - but it wasn't the call to prayer - it was completely the wrong time of night".

For hours it was unclear where President Erdogan was.

Erdogan was staying at Grand Yazici Marmaris Hotel in Turkey's Aegean province of Mugla.

This was the current shock to tourism in Turkey, which has actually taken a hit from a variety of bombings this year, consisting of a suicide attack in June that killed 45 people at Istanbul's primary airport. "The government is in control".

Google said in a statement, "We are aware of reports that YouTube is down in Turkey, however, systems seem to be functioning normally".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that President Vladimir Putin was being kept constantly updated on the situation in Turkey.

A fighter jet shot down a helicopter that had been commandeered by "coup plotters", a Turkish presidential source told CNN.

"Our president and government are in charge", Turkey's foreign ministry, meanwhile, announced on Saturday morning.

About 50 soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul after dawn on Saturday, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air.

After the initial dramatic military movements, state broadcaster TRT said the troops behind the putsch had declared martial law and a curfew, in a statement signed by a group calling itself the "Council for Peace in the Homeland".

The president may have been lucky.

I invite you to go out on the streets and to claim your nation against this narrow group' act which hopes to suppress the Turkish nation.

Erdogan took the forces he apparently suspects of masterminding the coup to task.

The armed forces were long viewed as guardians of secular republic established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, carrying out three coups between 1960 and 1980 and pushing an Islamist-led government from power in 1997.

Speaking on Turkish television, Yildirim said the military leadership has ordered all soldiers back to their bases.

Momentum turned against the coup plotters as the night wore on. The country's leadership later said that the coup was quashed.

There was no political or public backing either.

Gulen, however, said he condemned "in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey" and sharply rejected any responsibility for the attempted coup. FILE - In this October 29, 1980 file photo, the leaders of September 12 military coup, from left to right, Adm. Nejat Tumer, Gen. Nurettin Ersin, Gen. Kenan Evren, Gen. Tahsin Sahinkaya and Gen. Sedat Celasun stand during a c.

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