Istanbul police ordered to down helicopters without warning; Erdogan sends F-16s to patrol airspace

Turkish police have urgently ramped up their presence in Istanbul, with special forces and military hardware deployed to the streets and orders to down aircraft without warning, media reports say. Meanwhile, F-16 fighter jets have been sent to patrol Turkish airspace.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    And now, a brief travelogue, to broaden our understanding, of course.

  • Maggat

    It’ll be interesting to see how dear Angela Merkel handles this one.

  • Linda1000

    At this point, I think Erdogan is fighting some kind of imaginary war. Rogue helicopters, unsubstantiated, right. He is also using his police force as thugs on the streets to make everyone afraid, except for his regular gang supporters.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Turkish armed forces today announced they’re ‘missing’ 34 helicopters. Yes, ‘missing’. Obviously they will be repainted and used for mass political killings. Erdogan is turning into Assad.

  • Exile1981

    I think it was a set up. He organized the ‘coup’ to justify his purging people not in his camp.

    Now if I was a supporter of gulen and if I thought i would be purged for my beliefs even if i hadn’t been involved in any coup then i’d be taking up arms because its better die fighting than be executed for wrong think.