by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

Turkey blames US for coup as war looms

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States government of organising the attempted coup on Friday, and has promised to avenge their actions. 

According to, Erdogan said that those who organised the rebellion “were friends standing in front of him”.

He told military commanders in a speech in Istanbul that they must ensure that they are the guarantor of security in the country.

All military commanders – I believe in you. You are the security of our people. Those who carried out the coup – were your friends, but, unfortunately, they are not guided by the same principles. The command they received came from Pennsylvania“, he said.

The Turkish Prime Minister declared that any nation that stands by the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen should consider itself at war with Turkey.