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July 17, 2016

Military coup attempt to oust government fails in Turkey

The Turkish Armed Forces' violent attempt to take control of the country by suspending the constitution has failed.

By Srivari Aishwarya

The Turkish Armed Forces' violent attempt to take control of the country by suspending the constitution has failed.

The military tried to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by allegedly planning assassinations and bomb attacks in the country, BBC reported.

The coup attempt failed after the military-imposed curfew was strongly opposed by the president's supporters.

"The coup attempt failed after the military-imposed curfew was strongly opposed by the president's supporters."

Protest rallies in support of the government were conducted in cities, including Istanbul and Ankara.

At least 290 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured as a result of the 48-hour coup, from 15 to 16 July.

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Erdogan was quoted by the media sources as saying: "We will continue to cleanse the virus from all state institutions, because this virus has spread. Unfortunately like a cancer, this virus has enveloped the state.”

The Turkish Government had closed its airspace over Incirlik Air Base after the failed military coup, a move that forced the US to halt air strikes against ISIS.

The US resumed operations after the airspace was reopened, Reuters reported.

Nearly 6,000 suspected supporters from the armed forces and judiciary were arrested by the government.

The UK's National Security Adviser chaired a cabinet office briefing room (COBR) meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Turkey and current work to support British nationals in the country.

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