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    Policemen stand on a military vehicle after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016.

    Hours Before Military Coup Attempt, Turkey Warned by Russia Reports

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    According to Iranian media, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was warned by Russian intelligence of an imminent coup just hours before tanks appeared in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara last Friday.

    Last week, the Russian army intercepted Turkish military communications that indicated a coup was being organized against the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Fars News. This information was then passed on to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), diplomatic sources told the news agency.

    The intercepted transmissions included helicopter communications ordering soldiers to arrest or kill the Turkish president in the resort town of Marmaris.

    While relations have been tense between Ankara and Moscow since the November 2015 downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syrian airspace, the situation improved after Erdogan issued a formal apology to Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

    "The diplomatic sources said the shift in Erdogan’s foreign policy stated only a week before the coup has been 'a major cause pushing several foreign states to provoke and promise support for the army to stage the coup, and the same shift also saved him,'" Fars News reports.

    While neither government has issued a statement on the claims, an official statement released by the Turkish army on Tuesday did indicate that some kind of warning was received by MIT.

    The failed coup attempt left nearly 300 people dead and over 1,000 injured, and has been blamed on supporters of exiled religious and political leader, and former Erdogan ally, Fethullah Gulen. Ankara has filed a formal request with the US government for Gulen’s extradition.

    In the wake of the coup attempt, Ankara has launched an unprecedented crackdown on those suspected of being involved in the events of last week. Nearly 50,000 individuals have been targeted as part of a purge, including military personnel, educators, judges, and civil servants.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency, "in order to remove this threat as soon as possible."

    The Turkish president also suggested that foreign nations may have played a role in failed takeover.

    "Other states could be behind this coup attempt," he said.

    "Gulenists have a 'supreme intelligence,' which could have plotted all this. The time will come for all these links to be revealed."

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    • sukhoi47
      Russia now is supporting the islamist dictator Erdogan. Big mistake of Putin!
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      Russian intel, the best. Like a duck to water.
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      Civil disorder is not a desirable result, even is a leader is considered illegitimate. I don't think Erdogan should lead anyone, but there are many reasons why Russia would warn Erdogan. Perhaps Russia knew it was a CIA op or perhaps Russia wanted to observe the response of the warning or perhaps Russia does not consider human life to be as cheap as NATO does.
    • C Han
      Russia is honest.
      Their actions are correct: although I do not support action from Erdogan because dubious.
      If you want to elect a new president wait the election and accept the result but you CANNOT impose a dictatorship chose by few - that is the US way (cfr Ukraine Vs Crimea and the consequences of it, I do not see any happier Ukrainian after the coup right now).

      Politically and humanely correct!
      and example to follow.
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      It shows that the CIA cannot continue its rampage of murder and destruction across the world. People have woken up.
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      And the Cosmonauts can see the steam rising from all those western think-tanks from the International Space Station.

      Those neocons are going ape-manure in all their club-houses.
    • Hermesin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      It certainly looks that way. Why didn't the CIA warn the Turkish govenmernt that there was a coup in the making?
      Perhaps because they planned it?
      Anyway, Washington is now trying to be best friends again with Turkey so we will probably soon read that CIA warned Turkey too and that's probably what western newspapers will print.
    • Jupiter
      Every one needs to remember!...Russia stabbed from back...and now receiving return after apologies.
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      mzungu in Africa
      1. Downing of the SU-24: done without Erdogan's orders. At this point in time E. was not in a position to lay the conspiracy open
      2. FARS reports or hints that the coup was planned by KSA and gulf states. They wouldn't be able to orchestrate a coup in Turkey without CIA consent and assistance.
      I always distinguish between CIA, Pentagon, DoS and White House because they don't work together. CIA is the neocon tool and acts indepently. Kerry is one of the neocon stooges in the Obama administration. Pentagon is the money machine for Beltway. Obama seems to fight against all of them.
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      mzungu in Africain reply tosukhoi47(Show commentHide comment)
      sukhoi47, Don't look at events with a personal grudge, it's the geopolitics stupid (sorry!) E. as Russian friend and depending on Russia is an asset of immeasurable value.
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      mzungu in Africain reply toDenis the Menace(Show commentHide comment)
      Denis the Menace, So you would prefer a Turkish government run by the CIA?
    • Alektrion
      If he exposes the USA behind the coup,

      Turkey will be kicked out of NATO immediately.
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      so, Iranian media and unspecified diplomatic sources are stating this...motive?
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      Danin reply toDenis the Menace(Show commentHide comment)
      Denis the Menace, Erdogan is the better of the two evils now. Imagine what happens in Syria if CIA moles, NATO-puppet and nti-Russia groups in the Military take over power in Turkey. It will have been a nightmare for the whole region, including Russia.
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      Sooner or later, and the sooner the better, Turkey has to stand up to the US and say enough is enough. While Turkey is foolishly weakening the Syrian state, the US is creating a mini-state of Kurdistan in the North West of Syria, and in the middle of Turkey, Syria and Iraq, which might ultimately ring Turkey's territorial integrity in to danger. Unless Turkey confronts the US head-on right now and stop this US Kurdistan project in Syria-Iraq, even if at the expense of loosing NATO membership, Turkey will eventually lose 25% of its land mass.
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      There is so much mis-information it is difficult to sort any truth from it yet.
      The time scale seems quite suspicious, also the ineptitude of the Turkish military.
      Considering Erdogans paranoia, imperial ambition and disregard for human freedoms, the possibility of an arranged "coup" is probable.
      Subsequent events in Turkey seem to lean towards the latter.
      Regardless, if the Russia report is true, then on moral grounds, Shame On You.
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      Denis the Menacein reply tomzungu in Africa(Show commentHide comment)
      mzungu in Africa,
      I guess you have a point there!
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      Denis the Menacein reply toDan(Show commentHide comment)
      Dan, You have a valid point as well! i concede to your view.
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      Denis the Menacein reply tomzungu in Africa(Show commentHide comment)
      mzungu in Africa, I don't think O Bama has a clue to what's happening in the ME!
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      Denis the Menacein reply tomzungu in Africa(Show commentHide comment)
      mzungu in Africa, No, I wouldn't!
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