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  • Turkey was in chaos in the early hours of Saturday morning

  • after an attempted coup left Turks, businesses, and international allies unsure of who was in charge of the country

  • Clashes between police loyal to President Erdogan and the faction of the military began on Friday night

  • and soon turned violent with loud explosions rocking the cities of Ankara and Istanbul and jets flying overhead

  • Police officers arrested soldiers trying to enter the presidential palace

  • the Anadolu News Agency reported as members of parliament hid in the parliament building

  • President Erdogan landed in Istanbul on his presidential plane just after 2 am local time

  • Earlier, he had appeared on television from an undisclosed location via a mobile phone video app

  • calling on citizens to come out on the streets to defeat the uprising

  • Military coups have toppled Turkish governments at least three times since 1960

  • On Friday night, a previously unknown group calling itself the Council for Peace in the Homeland said it had taken over

  • to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms

  • the rule of law, and the general security that was damaged

  • Mr. Erdgogan and others in his government blamed Fethullah Gulen, a US-based preacher who was once his ally

  • Those spokesmen for Mr. Gulen denied that he was involved

  • Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times

Turkey was in chaos in the early hours of Saturday morning

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