Military vs Erdogan: Turkey’s night of chaos, loyalty

Turkish solders stay at Taksim square as people react in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.  Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances.  / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Turkish solders stay at Taksim square as people react in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances.
/ AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

resident Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday battled to regain control over Turkey after a coup bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was starting to falter.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen amid his supporters at the At aturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen amid his supporters at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

After hours of chaos unseen in decades, Erdogan ended uncertainty over his whereabouts, flying into Istanbul airport in the early hours where he made a defiant speech and was greeted by hundreds of supporters.

Soldiers and tanks took to the streets late on Friday and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul, the two biggest cities of the strategic Nato member of 80 million people. With officials insisting the takeover bid was falling apart, officials said 60 people, mainly civilians, have been killed and 754 soldiers detained.

An injured man reacts as he goes to a hospital at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16. — AFP

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