Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Payback Time in Turkey as Coup Survivor Erdogan Cracks Down

  • Thousands of army officers, judges snared in wave of arrests
  • U.S.-based preacher Gulen blamed as Turkey seeks extradition
Army fatigues, helmets and weapons lay on the ground on Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge on July 16.
Photographer: Gokhan Tan/Getty Images
Updated on

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered massive reprisals for the failed attempt to oust him in a coup, with thousands of army officers and judges swept up in a nationwide wave of arrests.

The resurgent leader, whose grip on power seemed to have been shaken just a day earlier, also pressed the U.S. to extradite the cleric he accuses of being the ringleader. Well past midnight, supporters of Erdogan’s government were celebrating in city centers that had been engulfed in bloody gun battles and airstrikes the previous night.