Reeling from a series of attacks that have led to the perception of weakness and inability to provide security, the Turkish government now appears to be in the midst of a military coup.
Witnesses have reported gunfire and sightings of helicopters over the capital city, Ankara and the prime minister has confirmed a coup is underway.
Soldiers have also blocked the two major bridges across the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, according to media reports.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: “it is correct that there was an attempt.”
Yildirim said his government would "not allow" the military to take over, but no one has heard yet from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
TV reports said Turkish military tanks were deployed outside Ataturk airport in Istanbul, and the military was already saying by 5:00pm EST that it had taken power.
The military has reportedly also said that all existing foreign relations would continue and that the rule of law would resume as usual.
By James Burgess of Oilprice.com
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