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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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South Korea has dropped a reference to North Korea as its “enemy” in the military’s updated policy document, reflecting President Moon Jae-in’s initiative in achieving détente with Pyongyang.

The Defense Ministry has labeled the North as enemy in its biennial policy document since 2010, when 50 South Koreans were killed in separate attacks on an island and a naval vessel blamed on Pyongyang.

The absence of the “enemy” label in the 2018 document, published Tuesday, is likely to anger conservatives in South Korea, who say that President Moon’s efforts to build better relations with the regime of Kim Jong Un is undermining the South’s defense posture.

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The newly established diplomatic ties have also led to a set of confidence-building measures, including dismantling dozens of all armed guard posts and landmines in the so-called Joint Security Area located within the 250-kilometer demilitarized zone (DMZ), where troops from both Koreas are face to face.

The South Korean Defense Ministry paper warns that North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction, a reference to its nuclear and missile program, continues to pose a “threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

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The Defense Ministry says North Korea maintains an active duty force of 1.28 million troops, compared with the South’s 599,000 active duty troops. The regime either possesses or is developing 14 different types of ballistic missiles, including five intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers. The North also owns “a considerable amount” of highly enriched uranium, along with 50 kilograms of weaponized plutonium. (VOA)