"A Gift From God" - Erdogan Arrests 6,000 In Historic "Systemic Purge", Incirlik Airbase Commander Detained

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps the most surprising consequence from Friday's failed Turkish coup, was the Turkish government's cutting electricity and suspending operations at the giant US airbase at Incirlik, which not only serves as the focal point of many US anti-ISIS missions, but also houses at least 50 B61 nuclear bombs. However, a piece of the puzzle was revealed today when a Turkish government official said the Turkish commander of the Incirlik air base has been detained. The official said Sunday that Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, 10 other soldiers and one police officer from the Incirlik base are arrested for their role in the botched Friday coup attempt.

The Turkish private DHA news agency showed footage of Van handcuffed and pushed into a van outside a courthouse.


Meanwhile, the counter-coup, this time with the implicit blessing of all western powers, is picking up speed.

Earlier today, according to AP reports, Turkish President Erdogan vowed to "systemically purge" all state institutions of supporters of an Islamist cleric his government blames for Friday's failed coup attempt. Speaking at a funeral in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan vowed to "clean all state institutions of the virus" of Fethullah Gulen supporters. 

He also promised a purge of the armed forces even before the coup attempt was over. "They will pay a heavy price for this," he said. "This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army."

He said Turkey, through the justice ministry and foreign ministry, would request the extradition of the cleric, who is based in the United States, and his backers.

At a rally late on Saturday, his supporters demanded that the coup leaders be executed. "Let's hang them!" chanted the crowd in Ankara's central Kizilay square. Erdogan told them that parliament may consider a proposal to bring back the death penalty, which has been abolished. Crowds chanted "Fethullah will come and pay," ''Allah is Great" and "We want the death penalty."

Ironically, Erdogan said that in democracies, "you cannot push the wish of the people to one side" but also said "we are not after revenge."

The cleric, whose movement is labelled a terrorist group by Turkey, has denied any involvement in the coup effort. Yesterday, in an interview with the FT, Gulen accused Erdogan of staging the coup himself.

Whether or not that is true, the aftermath is clear: Erdogan has a green light to arrest virtually anyone he considers a remote threat, starting with the army and the judicial, and is doing just that.

The Turkish government has accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the botched coup against Erdogan, issuing dozens of arrest warrants for judges and prosecutors and detaining military officers.

Already, three of the country's top generals have been detained, alongside hundreds of soldiers. The government has also dismissed nearly 3,000 judges and prosecutors from their posts, while investigators were preparing court cases to send the conspirators to trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. At least 265 people were killed and over 1,400 were wounded. Government officials say at least 104 conspirators were killed.

Earlier today, Turkey's justice minister said some 6,000 people have been detained in a government crackdown on alleged coup plotters and government opponents. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says in a television interview that "the cleansing (operation) is continuing. Some 6,000 detentions have taken place. The number could surpass 6,000."

Bozdag also said he was confident that the United States would return Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. The U.S. says it will look at any evidence Turkey has to offer against Gulen, and judge accordingly. Bozdag says "the United States would weaken itself by protecting him, it would harm its reputation. I don't think that at this hour, the United States would protect someone who carried out this act against Turkey."

But the best news of all for Erdogan is that he now has the full popular support to enforce a historic crackdown on all oppositions. Chanting, dancing and waving flags, tens of thousands of Turks marched through the streets into the wee to defend democracy and support the country's long-time leader after a failed military coup shocked the nation.


It was an emotional display by Turks, who rallied in headscarves and long dresses, T-shirts and work boots, some walking hand-in-hand late Saturday and early Sunday with their children. Rather than toppling Turkey's strongman president, the attempted coup that left some 265 dead and 1,440 wounded appears to have bolstered Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity and grip on power. Gozde Kurt, a 16-year-old student at the rally in Istanbul, says Sunday that "just a small group from Turkish armed forces stood up against our government ... but we, the Turkish nation, stand together and repulse it back."

The Yeni Safak newspaper used the headline "Traitors of the country," while the Hurriyet newspaper declared "Democracy's victory."

It is anything but.

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Update: now that the Incirlik commander has been arrested, things appear to be back to normal


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Update 2: As expected, Erdogan is taking his time with the formal extradition request.  Recall what Gulen's media advisor said yesterday: "Erdogan wants the best of both worlds, accusing him of being a puppet for the US and also asking the US to extradite him." He is so far, spot on:


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Update 3: Turkey has isued an arrest warrant issued against Erdogan top military aide Colonel Ali Yazici

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Looney's picture


According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, voiced regret that certain countries, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were somehow interested in the victory of coup plotters against the legal government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

Everybody knows that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been supplying arms and fighters to ISIS through Turkey. So, why would Turkey’s BFFs want to replace Erdogan?

Well, this could answer that - Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a televised speech said on Wednesday [just two days before the coup attempt!] that the Turkish government could potentially mend relations with the government of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

“In order for counterterrorism efforts to succeed, there has to be stability in Syria and Iraq,” Yildirim added. “We normalized our relations with Israel and Russia. I’m sure we will go back to normal relations with Syria as well.”

Just a refresher… In February of 2011, Assad refused signing the Qatar Pipeline Deal and instead, within 10 days, signed the Gas Pipeline Deal with Iran and Russia. Three days later (on March 15, 2011) the Saudi-paid protests against him started in Syria, which eventually turned into the Syrian War.

Erdogan, after all his blunders, has finally realized that it’s time to cut his losses and patch-up the relationships with Russia, Iran, and Syria. Within days, the Saudis and Qataris, with Merkel’s nod and 0bama’s wink, pulled the trigger on the coup in Turkey. I think?   ;-)


Manthong's picture

It is good to have such a staunch supporter of democracy and western values such as Turkey as an ally and member of NATO.


This guy is getting to be as good as Stalin.


Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Turkey is the weigh station between the nest of Islamofascism and Europe and the launching point of the Hegira into Europe.

That's why they wanted in NATO.

That's why they wanted into the EU.

BaBaBouy's picture

It's Like A good (Bad) Hollywood Script ~~~

Boxoffice Flop ~~~

TeamDepends's picture

Oh, it's scripted alright. In the movie muslim assassins, who are funded by the cartel, terrorize the sheeps into submission. In real life, who knows?

847328_3527's picture

Looks like the 'coup' people were against continued conflict and preferred peace and prosperity for the Turkish peeples....


... "peace and prosperity" is a 'NO-NO' in this MIC-Controlled world. "Peace" is so unprofitable.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) 847328_3527 Jul 17, 2016 9:17 AM

Agree that all these conflicts are destroying Turkey as Erdogan had many WARNINGS and refused to listen.

Billy the Poet's picture

Why all the hubbub about a legal extradition of Gulen? Afghanistan offered to hand over bin Laden if a proper extradition request was filed and Bush refused.



Bush Rejects Taliban Bin Laden Offer

By Kathy Gannon
Associated Press Writer
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001; 1:50 p.m. EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan –– A senior Taliban leader said Sunday that the Islamic militia would be willing to hand over Osama bin Laden to a third country if the United States halts the bombing of Afghanistan and provides evidence against him.

President Bush quickly rejected the offer.


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

The MIC wouldn't have received much commission on an economy flight from Kabul to said third country... even if Ozzie had upgraded with his frequent jihadist points and ordered some in-flight duty free for Mrs. No.1, Mrs. No.2, Mrs. No.3 and a few bacha bazi.

philipat's picture

Interesting that 2,500 judges have been arrested in response to the "military coup". Was this "judicial brigade" an army unit?

OldPhart's picture

First rule of revolution; Kill all the lawyers!

(paraphrasing Shakespear)

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) OldPhart Jul 18, 2016 12:37 AM

Since he started the coup, he his calling himself god and saying that he gave himself a gift?

r101958's picture

The most salient point of the article: "Just a refresher… In February of 2011, Assad refused signing the Qatar Pipeline Deal and instead, within 10 days, signed the Gas Pipeline Deal with Iran and Russia. Three days later (on March 15, 2011) the Saudi-paid protests against him started in Syria, which eventually turned into the Syrian War."

Spot on! This is the entire reason for this whole geopolitical mess. We (the U.S.) backed the Qatar pipeline deal.

As an aside-why weren't the troops participating in the coup supplied with copious amounts of tear gas? Another case of the 7 P's? Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. 

SoDamnMad's picture

There were stories circulating in Europe from tourists with Turkish friends that there was a larger police presence in parts of Istambul and that prhaps the coup was staged witha few people saying everything is planned and ready to go all over when, in fact, it was to draw out military supporters so they could be identified. The judges was just the icing on the cake for Erdogen.  No idea what is coming out of this other than an Islamic state with no democracy and NATO and Europe being bribed/threatened with a flood of refugees.  I hope those nucs are being pulled out as I speak.  Probably being watched by Erdogen so they don't leave.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) r101958 Jul 17, 2016 11:41 AM

Really? What about Gaddafi, Arafat, Mubarak? All the Middle East is aflame. It has nothing to do with oil and pipeline.

Vatican_cameo's picture

I think they're just "Testing the Waters" so when they stage a False Flag Coup in the US, Obozo can just round up all the Infidels and plant them in the FEMA camps.  You realize that all these little False Flags we've been having are just practice for the "Big One".  The MSM has been doing a bang-up job in carrying the message to the sheeple.  It looks like we're about ready (November is coming quick).

Flagit's picture

So, how are we suppose to tell the real revolution from the false one?

BaBaBouy's picture

This whole thing sounds too Clean, too scripted, too fairtail ...

Where's the Bag Of Snakes ???

xrxs's picture

Snakes on an Anatolian Plain?

giovanni_f's picture

Ordered by Adolf Erdogan, planned and executed by his sharia police and islam party AKP. A couple hundred unsuspecting soldiers were given order to show presence at some places in Ankara and Istanbul only to be butchered by plainclothes paramilitary AKP mob who already had waited for them, full Isis style.

Remaining task is to work off prepared list of enemies of the future sharia state and institute a turkish caliphate with free goats for all males above 13.

caconhma's picture

Excellent Review.

As for Iran support for Adolf Erdogan, it natural for one Muslim fanatics-run state to support another like one.

Thanks to Jimmy Carters, CIA, and Iranian ayatollahs, Iran was thrown back 30-50 years in its development.

Today, it is difficult to predict but there is a possibility that Turkey Ayatollah Erdogan will choose an "Iranian way".

giovanni_f's picture

You know, Turkey is on its way to become a sharia state on its own device. Iran was a democracy destroyed from outside when the US and UK helped the Shah to take power in a coup d'etat.  Oil, you know.

Sooner or later the Iranians will get rid of their god-state and its leadership. Given its potential Iran is destined to become a regional power no matter what Israel and American neocons think about it.

Citizen_x's picture

The man of Steel...started out as a priest.

Erdog-man makes inroads for PEACE with the
Cossacks and well...

Never would have thunk Erdogen would figured
it out so fast. I guess we'll cal him....

Underdog-en or Wonder Dog-en

"We coup-ed some people"...

"You like you coup,..You can keep your coup"

Someone here claimed "Turks are part Hun"..
..maybe so.

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) Manthong Jul 17, 2016 10:11 AM

They can all all toast each other with a QUANTUM OF SOLACE. (champagne for everyone)!

Zero Point's picture

Looks like we're supporting another Pinochet

Quantum Bunk's picture

Good analysis.


Just like Ukraine. The minute the USSA (United Socialist Seppo's of America) globalist cartel doesn't get what they want, they throw a violent tantrum.  There is a reason the  evil box headed kraut didn't give the Saltan the ok to land.


Also. The minute Russia started bombing the oil rat-lines from isis to Turkey is when Turkey shot down the Russian jet. And Obama did not even condemn it. He supported it. He called it.

Bastiat's picture

A coherent big picture - and the failure of the coup is what you'd expect from Obama. 

You can't just put those together overnight--the plotters have been cultivated for years.  Erdogan probably got their names from Clinton's email or asked Vlad for some of Vicky Nuland's cell phone transcripts.

TheReplacement's picture

Intriguing idea.  You know who is against you beforehand so you can grab leverage against key players and salt the lawn as the plot thickens.  Thus, when it is time, the true believer coup plotters still move forward but critical support and shoot down orders never come.  The coup is overcome and enemies dispersed/destroyed.  This would be much more complex, but intrinsically no different, than the fire at the Reichstag.

It is brilliant except for, you know, all the people dying and both sides really being no good anyway.

Chupacabra-322's picture

First we get the apology from Turkey to Russia for the downing of the jet pilot, then the Istanbul Bombimg & now a failed Coup attempt. The West is getting desperate. And, Putin, Iran & Syria are looking pretty.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Just who is this Vladimir Erdogan, anyway?

SubjectivObject's picture

Bye bye secularism in Turkey.

Savvy's picture
Niccolò Rising

So what else is new?


RopeADope's picture

ISIS needs a new home, so Erdogan has to quickly clean out any opposition to them setting up in Turkey.

JRobby's picture

Huh!!?? Kerry was just on the Georgie / Hillary Fan Club show and did not mention a thing about it.........

Guess we invade tomorrow? (Laugh Track Deafening)

DanDaley's picture

"Democracy is like a bus you take to where you want to go." Erdogan


I guess we know where he's going, along with his best buddy I-will-always-stand-with-islam Obama.

Vageling's picture

"Democracy is like a train. We shall get out when we arrive at the station we want"

is what he actually said.

DanDaley's picture

I got it here: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo?an


IF it's something he believes, he likely said it more than one way...nevertheless, the sentiment is the same.


OldPhart's picture


Turn the 'Autoplay' Off on the fucking videos!!

shining one's picture

Nice try, but wrong. Erdocunt has a dream, to be the next caliphat. He will deny this, but a little investagation on the net shows just how much he is doing to fulfil that. This was a false coup, organised by Erdocunt, to finally get rid of the last obstacles to him having complete power in Turkey. We have just witnessed the begining of what this maniac is going to do. I believe he is being MADE to be the instigator of world war III. He has the nod from the most powerfull people on the planet. There is no such thing as countrys vs countrys anymore that is just for the sheep. Don't think for a minute that a single person could not be taken out when everever TPTB want it.

centerline's picture

It's almost as if the whole region is becoming increasingly unstable. How odd.

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

Wow.  Turkey's intelligence infrastructure must be better than the NSA's if they were able to round of that many people this quickly.


Or, more likely, the coup attempt was staged in order to use lists Erdogan had already established, to round of dissidents.

insanelysane's picture

It's kind of like when the FBI can meet with Hillary on a Saturday of a holiday weekend and have the final comments with press release done by Tuesday morning before she gets on Air Force One with the president.  One has to think everything was written befor Hillary's interview.

iAmerican's picture

Islam, at its heart, is pedophile homosexual. Turkey suffers accordingly.

Blankone's picture

Are they that much alike with the catholics?