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Evidence is beginning to pour in the "coup attempt" in Turkey was staged by Erdogan to seize power.
Every coup in Turkey's history started by capturing the president and taking over the media.
This coup started while Erdogan was on vacation in southern Turkey and his location was unknown to the coup organizers. The coup failed to seize Erdogan, the media, the parliament and the presidential palace.
Erdogan last night on TV described the coup as a "gift from God."
"This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army," he said.
This video from France 24 is a good rundown of how miserably the coup attempt failed on all fronts, though the guest says he doesn't think it was staged:
Today it emerged the soldiers who took part in the coup are claiming they were told it was an exercise.
Soldiers arrested during a failed coup attempt in Turkey told interrogators that they thought that they were taking part in military exercises.Erdogan is claiming exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen organized the coup out of Pennsylvania, but Gulen is saying Edrogan staged the coup himself.
From The Daily Mail:
A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed President Recep Erdogan staged the rebellion himself to justify a major clampdown on opposition forces.I'd say there's more than a slight chance.
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