A search group of Turkish commandos and regular troops, combing the forested, mountainous terrain to the South and South-East of Marmaris, found abandoned weapons and ammunition of the special forces, which failed to neutralize Erdogan.
President of the Rumi Forum, Emre Çelik and President of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA) attended the Eid Reception at the White House. The Rumi Forum’s website says its honorary president is Fethullah Gülen. TAA is also known to be a Gülenist business organization for Turkish-American entrepreneurs. A quick search on TAA’s website brings up countless articles in support of Gülen and his ideas.
Gulenists may have eschewed assassinations in the past, but their past operations have not lacked ruthlessness. They have a disturbing record of targeting, slandering, harassing, imprisoning their perceived opponents – military officers, journalists, police commissioners, politicians — leading on a few of occasions to their deaths.
The case against Gulen is not shut and dried. There are many things about the coup attempt that remain unclear and mysterious. If the government has serious evidence beyond what I have discussed here, it has been very coy about releasing it and sharing it with the public.
Turkish security forces have arrested a nephew of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for masterminding last weekend’s failed military coup.
In the video, which was shared on Friday by pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah, Gulen is heard saying:
“Every step is a hasty step unless you have acquired the power to take control of all of Turkey’s constitutional institutions within its state structure.”
The quality of the video appears to suggest that it was filmed more than three years ago, before Gulen fell out with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Mr Erdogan has brought forward a meeting of the Supreme Military Council to 28 July, at which he will discuss with military chiefs his plans for purging and restructuring Turkey’s 600,000-strong armed forces – with the aim of bringing them under tighter government control. At least 124 generals and admirals out of a of 358, or over a third of the total, have been detained as it becomes clear that the conspiracy to subvert the armed forces was far larger than the small clique that the government originally alleged had taken part. Mr Erdogan has also used the powers granted by the state of emergency to extend the period in which some suspects can be detained – from four days up to a maximum of 30 days.
In such a situation, it would seem logical to prepare for this process, to seek new contacts with Russia, China and Iran. This is exactly what Erdogan is doing. No more EU, no NATO. The multipolar world and the end of American hegemony.
Today, we are dealing with a globally wounded monster. The United States is still strong and its networks are still effective. Liberals, Islamic extremists, Atlanticists, and hidden agents of influence are still strong in different societies. But the peak of American dominance is behind us.
A series of Whatsapp conversation between the military officials staging the failed attempted coup have allegedly revealed the plan of overthrowing the democratically-elected government.
However, the coup attempt failed. We can predict an escalation of tension between the US and Turkey, as Turkey may raise the question of withdrawal from NATO. The development of strategic partnership with Russia should be expected.
During the flight, there was a threat of an attack by two F-16s that are subordinate to the rebels, but for some still unclear reasons, the attack never took place. Whether originally intended only to arrest Erdogan, not to kill, or someone chickened out at the last moment. The rebel fighters were in the air long enough due to the fact that they were refueled in the air with an air tanker taking off from the airbase in Incirlik, the commander of which was a member of the conspiracy, as well as a number of subordinate officers.
Earlier in the week, the commander of the Incirlik base, General Bekir Ercan Van, was arrested along with over a dozen of his officers over accusations of complicity in the coup.
At least one of the F-16 jets commandeered by coup plotters was reportedly refueled by a plane which had taken off from the base.
“We are unsure of the true origin of the attack. The timing suggests a Turkish state power faction or its allies,” WikiLeaks said in a subsequent tweet. “We will prevail & publish.”
As a closing forecast, it’s very likely that Turkey will accelerate its multipolar pivot and finally embrace its Eurasian destiny, though not without forthcoming American-improvised Hybrid War challenges – a renewed Kurdish insurgency, left-wing terrorism, a Color Revolution, Daesh attacks, maritime proxy hostility via Greece, engineered provocations with Turkey’s other neighbors, a civil war, and/or another feeble coup attempt — in order to throw the progressively Islamifying and Muslim Brotherhood-inspired state into such chaos that it becomes impossible for its new multipolar partners to make any substantial use of its territory in their joint quest to dismantle the unipolar world order.
Many observers believe the coup was a rushed attempt by military personnel with links to the Fethullah Gulen movement who knew they were going to get purged in the annual military appointments meeting held every August.
“It resembles a last-gasp desperate suicidal attack by these members of the parallel organisation who knew their time was nearly up,” said Ibrahim Kiras, the editor-in-chief of the Karar newspaper, which represents the liberal wing of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
At the end of June with Jordan in Syria came the CIA trained a group of militants more than 100 people (most of them studied in Turkey in 2015). Teaming up with local “green” and with the support of American specialists, this group (pathetically called the “New Syrian Army”) launched an attack on Abu Kamal an important town (from a logistical point of view) at the Syrian-Iraqi border (to the South is occupied not so long ago Ar-rutbah clipping of supply channels of militants in Anbar province). At the same time, the Americans planned to capture the airfield Hamdan to the North of the city, which can be used to supply the advancing troops and subsequent operations aimed at establishing control over the Syrian-Iraqi border. In the preparation of the offensive involved the US, Britain and Jordan.
After CIA analysts had time to evaluate U.S. satellite, electronic and other intelligence data, the U.S. government went curiously silent about what it had discovered, including the possible identity of the people who were responsible. The U.S. reticence, after the initial rush to judgment blaming Russia, suggested that the more detailed findings may have undercut those original claims.
A source who was briefed by U.S. intelligence analysts told me that the CIA’s conclusion pointed toward a rogue Ukrainian operation involving a hard-line oligarch with the possible motive of shooting down Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official plane returning from South America that day, with similar markings as MH-17. But I have been unable to determine if that assessment represented a dissident or consensus view inside the U.S. intelligence community.
Each side also accuses the other of conspiring with its enemies in a struggle with an ethnic dimension pitting groups drawn from Syria’s Arab majority against one that emerged in 2011 with the stated aim of defending the Kurdish minority.
“There is a deepening divide between us,” the politburo chief of the Jabha Shamiya, one of the biggest FSA rebel groups in the Aleppo area. “If there is no quick political solution between the revolutionaries and the Kurds, it is heading towards escalation.”
YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said his group did not aim to spark a battle with FSA groups. But he added: “If they want a war, they will certainly lose.”
The CIA did not build the European Union from scratch. The most important contributions were made earlier by the Nazis. From a geopolitical point of view, the Third Reich, with its occupied countries of Europe and satellite states, represented a version of “united Europe.” Many Nazi achievements were later used by the Americans, which determined the aggressive anti-national and anti-Russian character of the modern European Union.