Turkey endured a coup attempt on July 15. The first ugly sign was the blockade of two of Istanbul’s bridges by tanks and military trucks.
Subsequently, the headquarters of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey (MIT) and Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were assaulted and Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport entrances were blocked by armored vehicles.
Nobody could tell exactly what it really was until the announcement by Prime Minister Yildirim on TV. He called the series of events “an attempt” that had been carried out by a minority group embedded in the military.
The commander in chief of the TSK was taken hostage by the plotters and the National Assembly building was bombed a couple of times by jets while around 150 MPs from various political parties including the president of the assembly were inside.
While events were unfolding at an increasing pace...