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Coup Crushed, The Purge Begins in Turkey Thousands of Military Officers Arrested and Thousands of Judges Dismissed.

Istanbul-- Speaking to his supporters Saturday evening in Istanbul Erdogan said Turkey's flag symbolizes the blood shed for the country and that the 'purge' will begin. He demanded the US must handover the individual hiding out in Pennsylvania.

Erdogan's strong words indicate that the coming days will reveal a struggle in Turkey that none could predict its consequences.

By the early Saturday hours and as people around the world watched a military coup in progress live on TV screens, it became obvious that it would be crushed in a matter of hours.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey declared on Saturday morning that his forces crushed a coup attempt and that the plotters will "pay a heavy price for their treason."

Earlier in the night, Erdogan, communicating with a TV stations via Facetime called on his supporters to occupy the streets in Istanbul and Ankara.

Rebel army soldiers were overwhelmed by the cheer numbers of civilians who fearlessly approached their tanks and overpowered them, while they seemed confused and unwilling to use their weapons to kill them.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said all soldiers involved in the attempted coup at the military headquarters in the capital, Ankara, had been taken into custody.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters Saturday that 2,839 officers of various ranks have been taken into military custody.

Former Air Force Commander Akyn 'zt'rk, described as one of masterminds behind the coup attempt, was detained in Ankara, reported the Daily Sabah newspaper as quoted by USA Today.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says on Twitter, meanwhile, that Greece as agreed to return eight soldiers who landed in Greece on board a helicopter, seeking asylum.

The government has also dismissed 2,745 judges from duty in the wake of the crushed coup including the arrest of ten members of the Turkish Turkey's Judges and Prosecutors High Council.

The decision followed an emergency meeting of Turkey's Judges and Prosecutors High Council which was called to discuss members' links to US-based cleric Fethullah G'len, the leader of a reformist Muslim movement.

Speaking to an emergency session of the parliament, the prime minister said those who opened fire against their fellow citizens were more"despicable" than Kurdish terrorist organizations.

Yildirim noted that while capital punishment is banned under Turkish law, parliament will discuss other measures or legal arrangements that should be put in place "to prevent crazy attempts of this kind in the future, the international media reported.

Turkey's acting military chief of staff Umit Dundar earlier said: 'The armed forces is determined to remove members of the G'len movement from its ranks.'

The turmoil in Turkey is a huge blow to Erdogan's way of running the country despite the popularity and his winning of the elections a few months ago. If the army purged, officers and soldiers prosecuted and may be executed for treason this will generate even deeper instability in Turkey.

The already disenchanted elite will also find itself further isolated and all this will have negative consequences on the democratic process which the public took the streets on Saturday morning to defend.

Erdogan told reporters Saturday that the coup's supporters, who are rogue elements in the military, would "pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey' and that 'those who stain the military's reputation must leave. The process has started today, and it will continue just as we fight other terrorist groups,' as quoted by USA Today.

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Date:Jul 16, 2016
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