The Latest: Military stand around Taksim square monument

The Big Story | 7/15/2016 | Staff
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on what appears to be an attempted military coup in Turkey (all times local):

2:25 a.m.

Military - Position - Base - Taksim - Monument

The military has taken position at the base of the Taksim monument at Taksim square in Istanbul, occasionally firing into the air to disperse a growing crowd of government supporters.

Military helicopters are flying overhead and many police are in position, separate from the military.

Mosque - Announcement

Meanwhile, a nearby mosque just made an anti-coup announcement.

2:15 a.m.

Leaders - Greece - Forces - Police - Emergency

The leaders of Greece's armed forces and police are holding emergency meetings in Athens to monitor developments in neighboring Turkey, according to government officials.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity early Saturday because they weren't authorized to speak to the media, described the country's armed forces as being placed in a state of "heightened readiness" and not alert.

Trade - Relations - Greece - Turkey - Years

Despite markedly improved trade and relations between Greece and Turkey in recent years, the two countries have ongoing airspace and sea boundary disputes in the Aegean Sea. They also collaborate in implementing an agreement with the European Union — monitored by NATO — to limit the number of refugees and migrants traveling to Europe.

State-run ERT television reported that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had been briefed by intelligence and military leaders on the coup attempt in Turkey, including unusual movements by Turkish armed forces before the attempt became apparent.

Derek - Gatopoulos - Athens

-By Derek Gatopoulos in Athens.

2:05 a.m.

Turkey - Anadolu - Agency - Police - Officers

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says that 17 police officers have been killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara.

Loud explosions were heard earlier in Turkey's capital after the military said it seized full control of the country.

Government - Officials - President - Recep - Tayyip

But government officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tried to play down reports that the military was in control. Erdogan called for citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the...
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