Turkey purges army, judiciary after failed coup

The situation creates a sticky diplomatic situation - Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and key Western ally in the fight against the Islamic State group, but the European Union and US expressed alarm Monday about its response to the coup.

According to Turkey's foreign ministry, the incident killed at least 290 people - more than 100 people involved in the attempted coup, and 190 other citizens. More than 50 senior soldiers were detained on July 17.

The state-run news agency, Anadolu, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ordered the overnight patrol by F-16s.

Dunford says he hasn't yet spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Hulusi Akar, who had been detained by the coup leaders and then rescued.

The gendarmerie section, in charge of security for the worldwide terminal of the airport, has 50 to 60 members, the report said.

A former USA ambassador to NATO, Kurt Volker, told VOA's Georgian service he was very concerned Erdogan might use the attempted coup as a pretext for becoming more authoritarian than he has been.

'They may have tanks but we have our faith.

There were also clashes between security forces and rebels at a Turkish air base in the central city of Konya, a Turkish official told the AFP news agency. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said any country that stands by Gulen will be considered at war with Turkey, and Erdogan urged Washington to deport the cleric.

On Sunday Turkish officials claimed the government had regained full control of the state apparatus after the military briefly locked down parts of Istanbul and the capital Ankara and gained control of state broadcasters on Friday night.

Elsewhere, those behind bloody coup attempt, Air Forces commander and Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) member, General Akın Öztürk, was detained and brought to the counterterrorism unit in Ankara for questioning on Sunday. "We will not leave the squares... but we will continue defiantly", said Mr Erdogan. Soldiers opened fire on Turkish teenagers storming their barricades on a vital bridge connecting the two sides of the city.

Dunford was in Afghanistan when the coup attempt was made.

He went on to state the possibility the coup attempt had been staged by Erdogan himself to purge the military of his opponents, saying it had "all the signs of a movie scenario", AP reported.

People react against military coup attempt, in Izmir, Turkey on July 16, 2016.

Later, however, the forces controlled by President Recep Erdogan managed to take the situation under their control.

Thousands of pro-Erdogan supporters waving Turkish flags filled the main Kizilay Square in Ankara while similar scenes were seen in Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Erdogan spoke to his supporters in front of his Istanbul residence Sunday evening.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke down in tears while speaking at the funeral of an old friend in Istanbul killed during the coup, images from Turkish television showed. The country's top military brass did not support the coup.

There's no gunfire, no sonic booms, but there's also a somberness, a sadness, prayers for the people who died on Friday after the festivities last night, the celebrations of safeguarding democracy.

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