Turkey's military hand Erdogan ultimate power

"If nothing else, one might have expected the Turkish military to understand how to stage a military coup, but Friday’s botched exercise failed on pretty much every count," writes Mark Galeotti in his analysis of the attemped coup in Turkey published by the server bne IntelliNews.

It was brutal without being – for the sad truth is that gratuitously applied violence tends to bring results – brutal enough. It failed to neutralise President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the start and to control his access to communications. It offered no plausible cause or narrative.

Given this haphazardness, no wonder some are talking of “false flag” operations, of a staged piece of political theatre. There seems no evidence of that, but nonetheless it is undeniable that while many are losers – not least both Nato and the European Union – Erdogan himself is the one, incontrovertible winner.

You can read the full article published on 16. 7. 2016 here.

Dr Mark Galeotti is an internationally recognized expert on transnational organized crime, security issues and modern Russia and he is joining our team as of September 2016.