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President Returns To Turkey, Signaling Coup Attempt May Be Faltering

A supermarket crowd gathers to watch reports on the uprising at a supermarket in Turkey.
A supermarket crowd gathers to watch reports on the uprising at a supermarket in Turkey. Photo Credit: Twitter @NouraBerrouba

Update, Friday, 9 p.m.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly returned to Istanbul, signaling that the military coup against Turkey is faltering.

His return comes shortly after thousands of Turkish citizens took to the streets to resist the coup attempt upon his urging.

For more, check this report from the New York Times.

Original report, Friday, 5:45 p.m.

Members of the military in Turkey are in the midst of an attempted coup and have overtaken the government and imposed martial law, Turkish state TV is reporting Friday.

"The political administration that has lost all legitimacy has been forced to withdraw," said the anchor, reading a statement by a group called the "Peace in the Nation" council.

The whereabouts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was on vacation in South Turkey, are known. But after the military uprising started, Erdoğan used an iPhone to urge citizens to take to the streets to resist the coup attempt, saying in a livestream video, “There is no power higher than the power of the people.”

The U.S. State Department is advising U.S. citizens in Turkey to shelter in place and to follow the U.S. Embassy in Turkey's website here. But there have been reports the internet has been blocked in Turkey amid the coup attempt.

As a NATO member, and with its proximity to both Russia and the volatile Middle East, Turkey's uprising presents a dangerous crisis for the United States and Western nations. President Obama has been briefed by the National Security Council and is reportedly meeting with Vice President Biden and aides in the Oval Office.

Airports in Turkey, which has a population of 75 million, served more than 80 million passengers in the first half of 2016.

For more on the uprising, check this report from CNN and return to Daily Voice for updates.

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