LIVE: Coup Attempt 'Black Stain' On Turkish Democracy, Says PM

LIVE: Coup Attempt 'Black Stain' On Turkish Democracy, Says PM

A man stands in front of a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey on July 16, 2016.

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey military has declared martial law and curfew in the country as jets are seen flying over Istanbul. President Tayyip Erdogan has denounced what he called was an attempt by a "minority in the military", and has urged people to take to the streets.
Jul 16, 2016 23:39 (IST)
President Erdogan calls on US to extradite preacher Gulen in Istanbul speech: Agence France-Presse
Jul 16, 2016 22:39 (IST)


People gather outside the Turkish Parliament durign an extraordinary session in Ankara on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt. (Agence France-Presse)
Jul 16, 2016 22:37 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 22:34 (IST)
In the meanwhile:

Egypt Media Jumps The Gun On Turkey Coup Bid

The morning headlines of the Egyption newspapers read, "The Turkish army topples Erdogan". "Recep Tayyip vanishes," said the subhead.
Jul 16, 2016 21:59 (IST)
Turkey detains judge from its top court in wake of failed coup, says Agence France-Presse quoting TV.
Jul 16, 2016 21:38 (IST)
US suspends strikes against ISIS group from Turkey base: official
Jul 16, 2016 18:40 (IST)
Turkish maritime authorities re-opened Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait to transiting tankers after shutting the key shipping channel due to security reasons following an attempted coup, agent GAC said.
Jul 16, 2016 18:27 (IST)
Stand Up For Democracy: Turkish President Texts People

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sent a mass text message to Turkish mobile phones on Saturday imploring Turks to "stand up" for democracy and peace.

The message which came from "RT ERDOGAN" and was signed with his full name, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also called on people to take to the streets against a "narrow cadre". 
Jul 16, 2016 17:36 (IST)
LATEST UPDATE: Over 250 people have been killed. Read here
Jul 16, 2016 15:20 (IST)
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks outside his Cankaya palace in Ankara

  • PM Yildirim declared that the situation in his country was "completely under control".
  • He said 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government, with 2,839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.
  • He described the putsch bid as a "black stain" on Turkish democracy.
  • He also added that 1,440 people had been wounded.
  • PM blamed the coup attempt on the supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.
  • He said whichever country is behind Fethullah Gulen is not a friend of Turkey and in a serious war against Turkey.
  • He emphasised the death toll 161 did not include the assailants.
Jul 16, 2016 15:18 (IST)
UNESCO world heritage meeting in Istanbul suspended, says official
Jul 16, 2016 15:07 (IST)
200 Indian students participating in sports meet in Turkey say they are stranded but safe after coup attempt.
Jul 16, 2016 14:42 (IST)
More than 1,500 military personnel were arrested across Turkey, said a senior official.
Jul 16, 2016 14:36 (IST)
General Umit Dundar, the newly appointed acting chief of the general staff, said more than 190 people died in clashes: 41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as "coup plotters."
Jul 16, 2016 12:53 (IST)
A plain clothes policeman is hugged by people as they celebrate the surrendering of the soldiers involved in the coup on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey on July 16, 2016.(Reuters Photo)
Jul 16, 2016 12:34 (IST)
Close to 200 unarmed soldiers have surrendered at the Turkish military headquarters, says report.
Jul 16, 2016 12:31 (IST)
90 dead, 1,154 wounded in Turkey coup attempt: state news agency, reports news agency AFP.
Jul 16, 2016 11:04 (IST)
Turkey chief of staff Akar rescued, taken to safe location, says report: AFP
Jul 16, 2016 10:34 (IST)
29 colonels and five generals had been removed from their posts: Turkish official, reports news agency AFP.
Jul 16, 2016 10:27 (IST)
754 members of Turkish armed forces arrested across Turkey: state news agency, reports news agency Agence France-Presse.
Jul 16, 2016 10:12 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 10:09 (IST)

Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric and former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, denied being behind the attempted coup in Turkey and condemned it "in the strongest terms".
Jul 16, 2016 09:44 (IST)
At least 60 dead, 336 people arrested across Turkey: official, reports news agency AFP.
Jul 16, 2016 09:30 (IST)
Turkish Pro-Coup Soldiers Surrender On Istanbul Bridge, Says Report

Around 50 soldiers involved in an attempted military coup in Turkey surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul on Saturday, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on CNN Turk showed.
Jul 16, 2016 09:28 (IST)
Turkish F-16s launch air strikes against tanks outside palace: presidential source, reports news agency AFP.
Jul 16, 2016 09:03 (IST)
Jet drops bomb near Turkish presidential palace in Ankara, says report.
Jul 16, 2016 08:57 (IST)
What We Know So Far
  • 42 people killed, including 17 police officers, in Turkey coup attempt: senior Turkish official, reports news agency Reuters.
  • Turkish military declared curfew and martial law.
  • Turkey coup attempt as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on holiday in Marmaris on the Turkish coast.
  • Turkish President plane lands at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Asks supporters to take to the streets.
  • President Erdogan greeted by large crowd at the airport.
  • President Erdogan denounces the attempt by minority within military.
  • More than 120 people have been arrested over coup attempt.

What We Don't Know
  • Who is in Charge?
  • How many civilians have been killed?
  • Who are the coup plotters?

Jul 16, 2016 08:52 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 08:37 (IST)
Senior Turkish official says some local resistance by coup plotters continues but this will end soon: Reuters
Jul 16, 2016 08:28 (IST)
Bomb attacks on parliament are still continuing: Senior Turkey official, reports news agency Reuters.
Jul 16, 2016 08:22 (IST)
Turkish PM calls all legislators for an emergency meeting on Saturday, reports state-run Anadolu Agency.
Jul 16, 2016 08:08 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 07:55 (IST)
"What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion," President Erdogan said at Istanbul's airport.
Jul 16, 2016 07:44 (IST)
Turkey PM Binali Yildirim says more than 120 arrested over coup attempt, reports news agency AFP.
Jul 16, 2016 07:42 (IST)
Turkey PM Orders Military To Shoot Down Aircraft Hijacked By Coup Plotters

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has instructed the military to shoot down an aircraft hijacked by coup plotters, an official said on Saturday.
Jul 16, 2016 07:24 (IST)
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his general secretary was abducted by coup makers, no information on chief of military staff: Associated Press
Jul 16, 2016 07:19 (IST)
President Erdogan says those responsible for coup will pay; says it is a reason to clean up army, reports news agency Reuters.
Jul 16, 2016 07:05 (IST)
President Erdogan says he doesn't know whereabouts of Turkey army chief: AFP

Jul 16, 2016 06:58 (IST)
"No power is above the national will," declared President Erdogan outside Istanbul airport.


Jul 16, 2016 06:44 (IST)
Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan appears among crowds in Istanbul after coup attempt
Jul 16, 2016 06:35 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 06:27 (IST)
Police and military exchanged fire in Istanbul's Taksim square, large explosion was heard: Associated Press
Jul 16, 2016 06:24 (IST)
Erdogan was speaking from Marmaris on the Turkish coast where he was on holiday. A Turkish official later said Erdogan's plane had landed in Istanbul, reported news agency Reuters, quoting official
Jul 16, 2016 06:21 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 06:04 (IST)
EU chiefs urge 'swift return' to constitution in Turkey: AFP news agency

Jul 16, 2016 05:58 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 05:56 (IST)
BREAKING: Top Turkish official says coup attempt appears to have been unsuccessful, all government officials in charge of their offices, report Associated Press
Jul 16, 2016 05:31 (IST)
'Situation largely under control' after Turkey coup attempt, says Turkish PM: AFP


Jul 16, 2016 05:22 (IST)
According to Turkey's MIT spy agency situation 'back to normal' after coup attempt, says spokesman: Agence France-Presse
Jul 16, 2016 05:14 (IST)
Turkish parliament in Ankara hit by bombing, reports Agence France-Presse citing state news agency

Jul 16, 2016 05:11 (IST)
Turks take to streets as President Erdogan urges for support against attempted military coup

Turks appeared to heed that call early Saturday marching through the streets of Izmir and Istanbul waving Turkish flags, according to television footage. Crowds also gathered in the main square in the capital, Ankara.
Jul 16, 2016 04:53 (IST)
Turkey President Erdogan gets support from the US

US President Barack Obama Backs his Turkey counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says all parties should support his government. President Obama is urging all parties to show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed amid a military takeover of the key NATO ally.

Jul 16, 2016 04:40 (IST)
17 Turkish officers reportedly killed in helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters on outskirts of Ankara, reports Associated Press

Jul 16, 2016 04:35 (IST)
Turkish F-16s shoot down helicopter carrying 'coup plotters', reports Agence France-Press citing local TV channel
Jul 16, 2016 04:32 (IST)
Turkey military opens fire on crowds in Istanbul, casualties, reports Agence France-Presse
Jul 16, 2016 04:26 (IST)
Turkey coup: What we know so far
Jul 16, 2016 04:05 (IST)
Why this coup is crucial for Europe and West Asia?

If successful, the overthrow of president Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would be one of the biggest shifts in the West Asia in years, transforming one of the most important US allies in the region while war rages on its border.
Jul 16, 2016 04:02 (IST)
NATO hasn't responded to the latest situation in Turkey, reports Associated Press
Jul 16, 2016 04:01 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 03:53 (IST)
Tanks open fire around Turkey parliament building; gunfire heard at Istanbul airport, reports Reuters
Jul 16, 2016 03:50 (IST)
Turkey has a history of coups, with governments ousted on three occasions by full military coups since 1960.
Jul 16, 2016 03:40 (IST)

Jul 16, 2016 03:30 (IST)
European Union calls for 'restraint and respect for democratic institutions' in Turkey
Jul 16, 2016 03:23 (IST)
Strong explosion heard in capital Ankara, reports Agence France-Presse

Jul 16, 2016 03:14 (IST)
Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul
Jul 16, 2016 03:11 (IST)
Turkish state broadcaster TRT goes off air, reports Reuters
Jul 16, 2016 03:06 (IST)
Turkey President Erdogan vows 'coup' plotters will not succeed, reports Agence France-Presse
Jul 16, 2016 03:04 (IST)
US President Barack Obama has been briefed on situation in Turkey, says White House

Jul 16, 2016 02:55 (IST)
Turkey's president Erodgan safe as group in military attempts coup, reports Reuters
Jul 16, 2016 02:52 (IST)
France has asked its citizens in Turkey to stay indoors after a coup was launched in the country on Friday, a French diplomatic source said.
Jul 16, 2016 02:50 (IST)
Moscow calls on Turkey to avoid all 'bloodshed'
Jul 16, 2016 02:46 (IST)
Access to Facebook, Twitter and Youtube restricted in Turkey: Internet monitoring groups
Jul 16, 2016 02:46 (IST)
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to make a statement, reports local media
Jul 16, 2016 02:41 (IST)
An official said soldiers had been deployed in other cities in Turkey
Jul 16, 2016 02:35 (IST)
All flights from Istanbul's Ataturk airport cancelled in Turkey, reports Reuters
Jul 16, 2016 02:32 (IST)
Those behind the attempted coup would pay the highest price: Turkey Prime Minister

  1. "Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command," Binali Yildirim said in comments broadcast by private channel NTV.
  2. "The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so."

Jul 16, 2016 02:30 (IST)
Turkish military tanks deployed outside Ataturk airport in Istanbul, reports Agence France-Press quoting local media
Jul 16, 2016 02:29 (IST)
Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.
Jul 16, 2016 02:28 (IST)
According to  Turkish news agency, military is saying the armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country.