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Turkey: What We Know

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech protected by bodyguards in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech protected by bodyguards in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016.

Turkey: What We Know

• Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said nearly 2,900 officers carried out the attempted coup, but states that the first stage of "this" is now over and Turks will resume their daily lives.

• At least 265 people have been killed in clashes since late Friday in The‪#TurkeyCoupAttempt‬: including 161 civilians and 104 "coup plotters," according to Turkish authorities.

• Coup leaders say in an emailed statement they are "determinedly still fighting."

• Istanbul airport has reopened.

• President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish airlines resumed flights, expects Ankara airport to reopen soon.

• F-16 jets bomb tanks stationed by coup-backers outside the presidential palace in Ankara.

• Prime Minister Yildrim announced Turkey has named a new acting army chief of staff.

• The attempted coup was carried out by a "clique" within the military, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

• Video footage shows soldiers who took over the CNN Turk building earlier being arrested; the broadcaster is back on the air throughout the country.

Turkish people wave the national flags on a car in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Turkish people wave the national flags on a car in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

​• NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg calls for calm, says Turkey is a valued NATO ally.

• U.S. President Barack Obama is getting regular updates; Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say all parties in Turkey must avoid bloodshed and back democratically-elected government.

• Prime Minister Yildirim told Turkish TV elected government remains in charge.

• TV reports bomb hits Turkish parliament.

• TV reports Turkish figher jet shoots down helicopter used by coup plotters.

• Erdogan addresses nation, says many military officers under arrest, says Turkish Cabinet is functioning and says he is not going anywhere, calls coup plotters treasonous.

• Thousands heeded Erdogan's call to defy curfew and take to the streets, large crowd greets him on his arrival at Istanbul airport.

• Erdogan called coup leaders a small faction within the military, said they will fail and pay "very heavy price."

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