Erdogan Lands in Instanbul as Turkey Leaders Claim Coup Foiled
July 15, 2016 — 4:13 PM EDT | Updated on July 15, 2016 — 10:44 PM EDT
Ex-CIA Deputy Dir.: Turkey Pressures Have Been Building
Turkish Prime Minister: Uprising Erupts Within Army Ranks
Explosions, gunfire rock Ankara; soldiers clash with police
President calls coup attempt treason; U.S. backs government
Turkey’s leaders said they have largely quelled an attempted military coup, after army officers claimed to have seized power in the country. Clashes persisted in major cities as tanks blockaded roads, soldiers fought with police and warplanes bombed the parliament in Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Instanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a group of followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. "They will pay a heavy price for their treason," Erdogan said in comments carried by AHaber.
Meanwhile, clashes persisted around military headquarters in Ankara, while massive explosions continued to rock the capital -- where the legislature was hit by at least two airstrikes -- and Istanbul. About 60 people have been killed, according to local media outlet Haberturk.
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