Failed Coup in Turkey: 15/07/2016

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  1. Turkish police kill would-be suicide bomber near police station: media
    Turkish Police apparently kill a would be IS suicide bomber about to attack a Police station:
  2. No Turkish comment on reports from Iraq on Kurdish forces capture of two senior Turkish intelligence officers. First reports came in some days ago.
    Ankara silent on Turkish agents allegedly caught in Iraq assassination plot

    The officers apparently used forged papers to travel from eastern Turkey to Erbil. From there, to Sulaimaniyah, allegedly to assassinate Cemil Bayik, co-founder and senior leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

    Sources claim that the two were arrested by PUK. Media reports imply one of arrestees serves as the MIT’s deputy undersecretary for foreign operations, the other head of the MIT’s PKK desk.
    Gauging the aftermath of Turkey’s great intelligence gaffe

    PUK is threatening to publish photographs of the two men. There has been no comment from Ankara, Turkish government officials refusing to confirm or deny the arrests happened or the two men are MIT.

    Observers have noted the Turkish government shut down the PUK’s office in the Turkish capital on August 23, and expulsion of representatives. The group had maintained an office in Ankara since 1991. The Turkish government move may signify that media reports about the arrests of the two officers could be accurate.
  3. MİT has a Venlo moment. Fancy that!
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  5. Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote
    Looks like Turkey is sabre rattling again with Iraq, this time just in case the Kurd(ish part of Iraq) decides to vote for independence. The exercise is due to finish one day after the referendum:
    Iran is unhappy too:
    Sir Michael Fallon in Iraq to persuade Kurdistan president to call off independence vote
    Fallon's asking for the referendum to be halted

    A bit of Pandora's box there with the Kurds. Depending on which map of Kurdistan you believe but Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria seem to be the main current inhabitants.
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  6. Turkey urges U.S. to review visa suspension as lira, stocks tumble
    A bit of ‘tit for tat’ (on the face of it) doesn’t seem to be going so well. Turkish citizen employed by the US Embassy is arrested. No reason apparently. US Embassy suspends all none immigration visas. Turkish Embassy a bit of quid pro quo and it doesn’t appear to be having the desired effect:
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  7. A major American newspaper has claimed that former US national security advisor Michael Flynn was involved in a plot to kidnap Fethullah Gulen, a Turk wanted in connection with the coup attempt. Flynn and his son were reportedly to be paid $15 million to nab Gulen and give him to the Turkish government. The story claims that this plot is currently under official investigation in the US.
    'Ludicrous': Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from U.S.
    The Turkish government has denied the story.
    The Turkish Embassy in Washington however did repeat their demands that Gulen be extradited to Turkey.
    Flynn's lawyers have also denied the report.
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  8. None of the three were ever going to hold their hands up and say ‘ Fair cop. You’ve got us dead to rights, there Guv’.
  9. The following is another story about the allegations that former US national security advisor Michael Flynn was involved in a plot to kidnap Gulen and hand him over to Turkey. Mike Flynn and the Insane Alleged Plot to Kidnap a Turkish Cleric

    The story has more details of Flynn's connections with the Turkish government. It's well worth reading in full.
  10. Turkey really re-inforcing their position in the F-35 supply chain then.
  11. Turkey pulls troops out of NATO exercise over 'enemy' list
    Looks like somebodies sense of humour upset a thin skinned Head of State. A banner showing ‘enemies’ at a NATO Ex in Norway has Attaturk’s picture and Erdogan’s name on it:
    NATO have apologised but Turkey have still pulled out their 40 troops. Graciously, he has said the Ex can continue:
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  12. I understand they have left a day early, missing the wash up and piss up.
  13. They missed EndEx? The best bit. I bet they’re chuffed :)
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