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Turkey coup attempt: Military leadership knew about coup hours before its occurrence

Over 200 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were killed in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup

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Ankara, July 20: The General Staff of Turkish armed forces was informed of the coup attempt on Friday afternoon, a few hours before a military group attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government in the country, a statement said on Tuesday, July 19.

 The note, published on the official website of the General Staff of the Republic of Turkey, said that National Security Organisation (MIT) had provided information of the coup attempt on July 15, 2017, at 4.00 pm (GMT 1300).

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno greets Gen. Hulusi Akar, Turkish Land Forces commander before conducting an office call at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 27, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno greets Gen. Hulusi Akar, Turkish Land Forces commander before conducting an office call at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 27, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

“The Information was evaluated by Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar, Turkish Land Forces Commander Salih Zeki Colak, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Yasar Guler in the headquarters of general staff,” state-run Anadolu Agency quoted it as saying.

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The generals gave essential orders to Turkish Air and Land Forces to take the necessary measures to block the whole coup attempt.

According to the statement, the pro-coup members forced the Chief of the General Staff Akar to sign and read out the coup statement on TV.

“This demand of traitors has been angrily and definitely denied by Chief of the General Staff with libellous words,” it said.

The statement condemned those involved in Friday’s failed coup as having “defamed the Turkish state, its history, and its honourable armed forces”.

In the statement, the Turkish General Staff vowed that anyone involved would be heavily punished.

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“Our nation will decide between those who are members of an illegal terrorist organisation [FETO] and those who fight against a separatist terror organisation [PKK] for the safety of the state,” Anadolu Agency quoted the statement as saying.

“Victory belongs to those who believe in the superiority of law, democracy and our nation’s high values and targets,” the statement added.

“The coup attempt [was] completely suppressed on July 17 at 4.00 pm,” said the statement.

The coup attempt occurred late on Friday night when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country’s democratically elected government.

Over 200 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were killed in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.

The government has said the attempted coup was organised by followers of US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within the Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the parallel state. (IANS)

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India, US Expand Defense Ties By Signing A Deal

The U.S. and India also agreed to hold a new military exercise. The exercise will involve sea, land, and air forces. It will occur of the eastern coast of India in 2019.

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The United States and India took a major step to expand defense ties Thursday, signing a deal that allows India to acquire high-end U.S. weaponry, including armed drones.

The agreement was signed during a meeting in New Delhi among U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and their Indian counterparts.

The U.S. earlier this year offered armed Guardian drones to India, but the sale could not go through until the agreement, known as COMCASA, was reached.

“The landmark agreement deepens our military to military cooperation and our ability to share the most advanced defense technology, making us both stronger,” Mattis said.

If the Guardian sale goes through, India would become the first non-NATO country to buy armed U.S. drones.

The deal reflects growing ties between the U.S. and India – the world’s two largest democracies – both of whom are concerned about China’s rising power.

Defense cooperation, in particular, has emerged as the “most significant dimension” of the U.S.-India relationship, said Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

 

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Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis before the start of the 2+2 meeting at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.VOA

 

U.S.-India ties, she said, have reached “unprecedented heights.”

Iran, Russia disagreements

The U.S. and India haven’t always been this close. India, which has historically tried to be neutral in world affairs, has bristled at what it considers U.S. restraints on its foreign policy decisions.

Most recently, the U.S. has taken issue with India’s purchase of oil from Iran and its planned acquisition of a Russian missile defense system. Both moves would violate U.S. sanctions.

A Pentagon official last month threatened to impose sanctions on India if it goes ahead with its $6 billion purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

But in their public comments Thursday, neither side mentioned the Russia or Iran disputes. And the S-400 never came up in private discussions with India’s defense and external affairs ministers, said Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for South and Southeast Asia Joe Felter.

Iran also “wasn’t a big topic,” he said.

Most of India’s weapons are Russian-made, a legacy of India’s Cold War relationship with the Soviet Union. The U.S. is currently India’s second-largest weapons supplier.

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U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with their counterparts Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman for the 2+2 meeting at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India. VOA

But U.S. military sales to India have expanded rapidly – going from zero in 2008 to $15 billion this year. That figure now stands to increase, with the new agreement in place.

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“It comes down to trust. Some of this tech is very sensitive. Some countries we don’t want this tech to fall in the hands of,” Felter said, adding the U.S. has similar agreements with less than 30 countries.

The U.S. and India also agreed to hold a new military exercise. The exercise will involve sea, land, and air forces. It will occur of the eastern coast of India in 2019. (VOA)