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In Pictures: Turkey’s Leaders Say Military Coup Has Failed

Under cover of darkness on Friday night, elements of Turkey’s armed forces launched what appeared to be a military coup. Tanks rolled into the streets and there were reports of fighting and firing in key cities. But by morning power appeared to have shifted again, with soldiers seen being arrested and the country’s defiant president saying plotters would be punished.

Soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge.

Almost 200 people, including dozens of coup backers, were killed and 2,839 military personnel have been arrested, pro-Erdogan forces said.

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Tanks used to blockade Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge overnight are removed.

At dawn, around 50 rebel soldiers who had been blocking a bridge across the Bosphorus in Istanbul were shown on television leaving their tanks and armored carriers with hands raised.

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Soldiers involved in the coup attempt are taken into custody in Sirnak, Turkey.

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Army fatigues, helmets and weapons lay on the ground on Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge on July 16.

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Turkish people holding flags are driven in a car in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Istanbul’s international airport, blamed the plot on followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. "They will pay a heavy price for their treason," he said.

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Erdogan Supporters sit aloft an army armored personnel carrier on Istanbul's Bosphorus bridge.

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A body is lifted into an ambulance in Istanbul on the morning of July 16.

About 90 people have been killed and hundreds wounded, state-run media reported.

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People duck for cover on Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge.

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A police officer sits aloft a tank on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge.

The latest plot comes as Erdogan, prime minister for more than a decade and already the most influential figure in Turkish politics since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, seeks to transform the largely ceremonial presidential post into the center of power.

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Smoke rises during a clash between army and police forces near the Bosphorus Bridge.

Since 1960, Turkey has experienced at least three takeovers by the secular-minded army. The Islamist-rooted AK Party government, which came to power in 2002, made it a priority to trim the political influence of the military.

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Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square on July 16.

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A tank moves into position as a crowd attempts to stop them, in Ankara.

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Soldiers, arrested by civilians, are handed to police in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

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People carry an injured man during clashes with military forces at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge.

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A car burns during firefight between army and police forces in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears on CNN Turk via Facetime.

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Crowds take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Antalya.

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Police officers stand guard near Turkish military headquarters in Ankara.

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Demonstrators protest the military uprising in Rize, Turkey.

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Soldiers in the Asian portion of Istanbul.

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A man approaches a military blockade at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge.

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People rally against the military coup attempt in front of Turkish Prime Minister's Manor in the Tuzla district of Istanbul.

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