On this day two years ago the Turkish people defied a coup attempt to preserve their democracy. In keeping with history, the vast majority of the Western press that constantly advocates for democracy aligned with undemocratic forces.
Rewarding merit, honouring ethical guidelines and managing the performance of public employees will be key to ensuring that Turkey's institutions serve as a stabilizing force in society.
The Turkish government asked parliament to extend the state of emergency for the fourth time after emergency rule was imposed on July 20, 2016 after the attempted coup.
CNN Turk's Hande Firat was thrust into the limelight the night of the attempted coup when she broadcast Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message to resist the coup. This is her story recounting the tragedy, and history, of July 15.
One year later, we look back at this night of defiance by the Turkish people, from the early confusion to the moment the coup plotters finally surrendered.
Eight soldiers flew a military helicopter to the northern Greek border town of Alexandroupolis on July 16, a day after an attempted military putsch in Turkey in 2016.
Greece's Supreme Court denied Turkey's first extradition bid to return the eight soldiers accused of taking part in the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. Turkey says the move by Greece is political and could jeopardize a refugee deal.
They are charged with trying to overthrow the government in a bloody coup attempt.
For three weeks, as millions of people gathered at squares throughout Turkey, the flags they carried took on a new meaning.
Radar records from the night of the failed military coup indicate that three fuel tankers refueled F-16s that participated in the coup.
A state of emergency has been declared in Turkey after Friday's failed coup attempt.
People worldwide rallied against the attempted coup in Turkey, with most leaders sending messages of support, though some seemed less than happy with the failure of the move.
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