Sofokleousin.gr – Jul 18, 2016
At 23.00 on Friday, July 15, 2016, a part of the Turkish army organized a coup against the most controversial personality of Turkey, the man who managed to turn a weak country under the influence of foreign-controlled generals into a strong country militarily, economically and politically at a regional and international level, in a country driven by its interests, with a state leadership supported by the Turkish people who are willing to sacrifice for its survival: in AKP’s Turkey.
The sequence of the events of the coup
At 23:00, the streets in Istanbul and Ankara were closed by tanks and soldiers that were developed not only in these cities, but also in the cities of Antakya, Izmir, Antalya, Adana. Exactly at midnight, a military group of putschists invaded the Turkish state TV channel TRT in Ankara controlling it and gave the first announcement of the coup that said:
- The Turkish army made a coup against the Turkish government and its president.
- The country is under martial law.
- Formation of a peace council to rule the country comprising of officers of the army.
- Curfew in whole Turkish territory.
At 00.30, the command of Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to the security and police officers was: “Fight to death.” A few minutes later, Turkish President Erdoğan appears on a private Turkish channel through a video call, confirming that he is fine, that what is happening is a coup from a small part of the army and he asks the Turkish people to come out on the streets, squares and airports to resist.
It did not take long after Erdoğan’s public appearance to get thousands of people out filling the squares and driving the putschists from Ataturk Airport. Things, after this, started to capsize gradually to the legal government’s side. In the meantime, there were air and ground battles and a real war happening in Ankara, not covered by the media. At this crucial moment, 1st Army Commander Salih Zeki Çolak announced that this military coup does not include the entire army and that him and his soldiers will remain at the service of the legitimate government. This statement gave great impetus to the Turkish people and the Erdoğan government. At 05.00, after the longest night for modern Turkey and Erdoğan’s life, he appeared at Ataturk Airport by making a statement to the media, confirming that the coup failed and asked the Turkish people to stay on the streets and squares.
Despite all the details I have mentioned and we all watched in the media, there are still aspects of the events that have not been published or have not been highlighted. I will mention some of them, and many others will be revealed in the coming days. Finally, I will try to answer the question everyone has in mind and wonders: Was this coup made by Erdoğan and his government or was it a real coup that is backed by international forces?
Secret details of the coup timeline
17.00 on July 15. Special Military Forces of the putschists invaded the Army General Staff building and arrested the Chief Hulusi Akar, interrupting any contact with him.
19.00 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was on a weekend in a hotel in the Marmaris area. He received a phone call from security chief Hakan Fidan, who informed him that he had lost contact with the Chief of Staff and asked him to move to another location. At the same time, Hakan Fidan ordered that communications in Marmaris be interrupted for two hours.
19.30 Three helicopters land near President Erdoğan’s hotel and their crews collide with his security. Just a few minutes before, Erdoğan was already gone. The attack failed, one of the helicopters was downed and all the passengers were killed (the pilot of this helicopter was the same pilot who downed the Russian aircraft in November 2015, which was the reason for interruption of relations between the two countries and who was a member of the Fethullah Gülen movement supported by the Americans). The second helicopter was the one that requested asylum in Greece and the third is still missing.
20.00 Eight military aircrafts and two Boeing RC-135 aircrafts, used to supply fuel, land at Malatya airport, which they now control.
21.30 The coup d’état starts. The first military movements in Ankara and Istanbul begin.
22.00 Orders from the leaders of the coup come to the soldiers to shoot and kill any police or security member trying to stop them.
00.00 A helicopter involved in the coup attacks the security building in Ankara, where Hakan Fidan was at that time. It bombed once. Immediately an F-16 downed it and Hakan Fidan moved to Istanbul.
00:30 The US Embassy in Ankara issues an Emergency Message for US citizens, describing the coup as a “Turkish Uprising.” With this message, it informed the American citizens in Turkey that the country has enforced a military law and a curfew and gave instructions for their safety (photo).
The time of the coup was scheduled to be at 03.00 at night and to be announced in the morning. But the information of the head of security that the Chief of Staff has disappeared has forced them to act earlier.
The numbers of victims so far are higher than announced. Based on my sources, more than 300 civilians and 400 soldiers are dead, and there are a large number of deaths from security that have not been reported and about 3.000 injured.
12.00 on July 16. A special force of Turkish security commanded by chief Hakan Fidan arrested the military head of Hatay Province. He was immediately transferred to Istanbul where they began to question him. From my sources I know that he acknowledge that three months ago secret meetings were held between the officers who organized the coup in the Incirlik NATO Air Force Base with the presence of officers in the US Armed Forces who trained and guided the pilots who bombed Ankara and attacked the hotel where Erdoğan was staying. He also said there was a list of 80 people from politicians and officers ready to rule the country. Information on the place where Erdoğan was located was given by his military secretary who was one of the members of the coup and was arrested the following day.
International complications before the coup
During the months preceding the failed coup in Turkey, we witnessed a state of political tensions with other countries. Israeli-Turkish relations were tense until the week before the coup, when a comprehensive dispute settlement agreement was signed, but it did not pull the tension between them. Iran-Turkish relations were at their worst. The Syrian crisis forms a big wall between the two countries, as Turkey supports the Syrian opposition and Iran defends and supports Assad. An agreement was reached between Turkey and the European Union to stop the flow of refugees, a good step forward in improving relations between Turkey and Europe, but this does not negate the fact that this relationship is still fragile, since the agreement is under study and is not applied literally by the European side.
The break-up of Russian-Turkish relations had reached its utmost, after the Russian aircraft was shot down in the northern part of Syria. Two weeks before the coup, the two sides began to approach one another. This approach was a shock to the American side. I have mentioned in my previous article, “Attack on Atatürk Airport … Between Secret Meetings and International Entagnlements“, details of what was going on under the table between the Turks, the Russians and the Americans. If we go back one month, American Senator Richard Black said: “The Erdoğan-led Turkish government is very risky for the US. Erdoğan plans to create a new Ottoman empire. If there is a coup by the Turkish army, we will support it “. Generally speaking, Turkey under the Erdoğan governance is not liked in the West and if the coup was successful, we would not see any particular disturbances from the leaders of the Western countries.
Nothing, after the 15 July coup, will be like before
It is naive that some Western politicians believe that Erdoğan himself may be behind the attempted coup. The number of generals who participated demonstrates the size of the operation. More than 10.000 soldiers and a large air force participated in the process, and the life of the Turkish president was at great risk. Those who followed Erdoğan’s speech the next morning and the next two days realized that he still feels so much at risk that he urged the Turkish people to remain in the squares until they were sure that the attempted coup was permanently stifled.
Ultimately, the blow that does not kill you makes you stronger. Analyzing the data, I see that Turkey’s foreign and domestic policy will not remain the same. In addition, I still believe that the danger to Erdoğan personally and his government is not over. Erdoğan knows with certainty who was behind the attempted coup, as he knows very well what to do. The closure of Incirlik base a few hours after the announcement of the coup was his first reaction against the American leadership. In the coming days, we will witness greater tensions between the two countries and also see changes in the Syrian field and the Turkish agreements with the European Union.