Inside the Turkish Military’s Civil War
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Emrah Gurel—AP Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of President Erdogan protest in Istanbul, on July 16, 2016.
The coup caused great confusion and generals had to make decisions without the help of superiors
On the evening of July 15, Major General Ibrahim Aydin was at a bridal party for a friend’s daughter at a hotel in central Ankara when warplanes began roaring low over the capital. The noise was one of the first signs that a faction of the military was attempting to seize power from the elected government. Aydin left the party, dropped his wife at home and headed to a military housing complex. By the next morning Aydin would find himself fighting his way through a Turkish military base in a battle for Turkey’s political future.
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