The consolidation of supreme power to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan continues unabated.
Erdogan seeks presidential (personal) control of the army while directly accusing the US of taking sides with coup participants.
In the rumor mill category, an unnamed US lieutenant general was allegedly directly involved in plotting the coup from the Incirlik airbase in Turkey.
Erdogan Accuses US General of “Taking Side of Plotters”
The BBC reports Erdogan Says US General ‘Taking Side of Plotters’.
Turkey’s president has blasted remarks by top US general Joseph Votel in the wake of the failed coup, accusing him of being “on the side of the plotters”.
Gen Votel, head of US Central Command, said jailing some military leaders could damage Turkish-American military co-operation.
President Erdogan condemned the comments, saying: “It’s not up to you to make that decision. Who are you? Know your place! You are taking the side of coup plotters instead of thanking this state for defeating the coup attempt.”
He added: “They [the critics] say, ‘We worry for [Turkey’s] future’. But what are these gentlemen worried about? Whether the numbers of detained and arrested will increase? If they are guilty, they will increase.”
50,000 Passports Cancelled
The BBC article notes “More than 66,000 public sector workers have been dismissed from their posts and 50,000 passports cancelled, while the labour ministry is investigating 1,300 of its staff. The state has also shut 142 media outlets and detained several journalists.”
Anyone whose passport was cancelled is likely to spend the rest of their life in prison, assuming of course they are not quickly executed.
Erdogan Seeks Personal Control of Army
Reuters reports Erdogan Wants Army Under President’s Control After Coup.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official said on Thursday, part of a major overhaul of the military after a failed coup.
Erdogan’s comments came after a five-hour meeting of Turkey’s Supreme Military Council (YAS) – chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and including the top brass – and the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel over their alleged role in the abortive putsch on July 15-16.
Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death on the night of the coup, told Reuters in an interview last week that the military, NATO’S second biggest, needed “fresh blood”. The dishonorable discharges included around 40 percent of Turkey’s admirals and generals.
In the aftermath of the coup, media outlets, schools and universities have also been closed down. Ankara prosecutors requested the seizure of the assets of 3,049 judges and prosecutors detained as part of the investigation into the coup attempt.
Thousands Protest Outside U.S. Base in Turkey, Burn US Flags
Military.Com reports Thousands Protest Outside U.S. Base in Turkey.
Thousands of Turkish protesters filled the streets outside the U.S. military base at Incirlik, Turkey, on Thursday, burning American flags and demanding that the government close the base.
The U.S. military maintains an arsenal of nuclear weapons at Incirlik and it is an operational hub for the air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
US General Involved in “Think Tank” Plotting of Coup from Incirlik Airbase?
File this one in the rumor mill category: Incirlik Airbase Served as “Think Tank” of Plotters in Turkey Coup.
Reportedly, a day before the military coup attempt, the generals supporting Fethullah Gulen gathered at Incirlik airbase for a secret meeting.
The fact was revealed after the testimony of one of the detained Turkish generals who were involved in the military coup attempt.
Moreover, reportedly, a US lieutenant general, whose name hasn’t been disclosed yet, also participated in this meeting.
Protest at Incirlik Airbase
Anyone Believe ….
- The coup was plotted at the Incirlik Airbase?
- A US lieutenant general was involved?
Reader Bran who sent me the story has these comments:
That article links to the Daily Sabah, a now confiscated Turkish government mouthpiece. If I ranked news reliability it might look like this:
1- Certainly sensational and obviously false or misinformation.
2- Hearsay and conspiracy orientated.
3- Unverified source, not completely reliable but quite possible.
4- Based on fact and sourced, but likely presented for propaganda.
5- Straight facts from a reliable source.
My takes is that Turkey is prepared to challenge the US relationship, and this is another signal. It is placed in a format that seems official but one that can later be discarded. The paper would not publish anything like that without official approval.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock