(Updates with later details)
July 16 Below is a timeline of breaking events
in Turkey. All times in GMT, based on the times Reuters reported
the events. Reuters does not vouch for events reported by other
1449 - Head of Turkey's main opposition, the secular
Republican People's Party (CHP), denounces coup attempt. Kemal
Kilicdaroglu tells parliament it brings political parties closer
to finding common ground on improving democracy.
1436 - Cooperation between Turkey's political parties will
get a "new start" in the wake of the defeated coup attempt,
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim tells parliament, promising that
the usually fractious four main parties can find common ground.
1313 - Authorities have arrested 10 members of the Council
of State, the country's top administrative court, and are
searching for 140 members of the court of cassation in an
investigation related to the failed coup, broadcaster NTV
1242 - Flights on Turkish Airlines at Istanbul's Ataturk
Airport, Europe's third-largest hub, return to their normal
schedule, a spokesman says
1201 - U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies
accusations he played a role in the attempted coup and condemns
"in the strongest terms" the attempt to topple the government.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier says he has not
received any request to extradite Gulen.
1151 - Police detain about 100 military officers at air base
in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, security sources say.
1145 - Turkish authorities remove 2,745 judges from duty,
broadcaster NTV reports, citing a decision by the High Council
of Judges and Prosectors (HSYK). Five members of HSYK, Turkey's
high judiciary board, are also removed, state-run Anadolu Agency
1054 - Turkish maritime authorities re-open Istanbul's
Bosphorus Strait to transiting tankers, agent GAC says.
1027 - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sends a mass text
message imploring people to take to the streets against a
1023 - Greek military source says anti-government group at
Turkey's Golcuk naval base has taken over frigate, head of
Turkish fleet taken hostage.
0954 - Turkish military helicopter lands in northern Greece,
eight men on board request political asylum, men arrested, say
Greek officials. Turkish foreign ministry asks Greece to return
0920 - Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says 161 people killed,
1,440 wounded, 2,839 army members detained including ordinary
soldiers and high-ranking officers. Says those who formed
backbone of coup detained, parliament meeting scheduled for 1200
GMT, calls on citizens to fill town and city squares with flags.
0902 - Turkey's EU Minister, Omer Celik, says coup situation
"90 percent under control", but some commanders are still being
0800 - Acting Chief of Staff of the armed forces, Umit
Dundar, says coup attempt was mainly by troops from air force,
gendarmerie, some "armoured elements".
0554 - Turkey's intelligence agency headquarters was
attacked by military helicopters and heavy machinegun fire,
wounding at least three people overnight, an intelligence source
tells Reuters. The head of the agency, Hakan Fidan, was at a
secure location and in constant contact with President Tayyip
Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the source adds.
0529 - The head of Turkey's armed forces, Hulusi Akar, has
been rescued after being held hostage, a senior Turkish official
0510 - Turkey's military headquarters are now held by
pro-government forces but small groups of rebel soldiers are
still resisting and control some military helicopters, a senior
Turkish official says. Says 29 colonels and five generals had
been removed from their posts.
0433 - Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attack
a group of soldiers who had surrendered on an Istanbul bridge
before police intervene to rescue them.
0418 - An email from the Turkish military General Staff's
press office address says the faction of officers behind the
coup attempt is still fighting. Calling itself the Peace at Home
Movement, the faction tells people to stay indoors for their own
0356 - Turkey appoints the head of its First Army, Umit
Dundar, as acting chief of military staff, while the whereabouts
of the head of the armed forces is unknown, a senior Turkish
official tells Reuters.
0342 - Soldiers involved in the attempted coup surrender on
one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul, abandoning
their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on
CNN Turk shows.
0339 - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses thousands
waving flags at Istanbul's main airport, urges supporters to
stay on streets until the situation normalises.
0250 - Maritime authorities shut Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait
to transiting tankers "for security and safety" reasons,
shipping agent GAC says.
0119 - The attempted coup was an act of treason and is a
reason to "clean up" the armed forces, Turkish President Tayyip
0100 - Erdogan appears among supporters at Istanbul airport,
says uprising has been attempted against solidarity and unity of
country; says no power is above national will.
0045 - Around 30 soldiers, part of faction attempting to
carry out coup, surrender weapons after being surrounded by
armed police in Istanbul's central Taksim square.
0045 - Turkish private broadcaster CNN Turk halts live news
broadcast, presenter says soldiers entered studio control room.
0027 - Two more explosions hit parliament; member of
parliament reached by telephone says lawmakers are hiding in
shelters at the parliament.
0020 - Turkish official says Erdogan's plane lands in
FRIDAY, JULY 15
2352 - Turkish PM says situation under control, declares
no-fly zone over Ankara.
2339 - Bomb hits parliament in Ankara, state-run Anadolu
Agency says. Reuters witness hears blast in Istanbul.
2320 - Kerry says emphasised "absolute support for Turkey's
democratically elected, civilian government and democratic
institutions" in phone call with Turkish foreign minister.
2313 - Group close to U.S.-based cleric Gulen says
accusations it was involved in coup attempt are "highly
irresponsible". Condemns military intervention in Turkish
politics. Says concerned about safety of citizens.
2305 - U.S. President Barack Obama says he and Secretary of
State Kerry agree that all parties in Turkey should support
elected government. Urges restraint, avoidance of bloodshed -
White House statement.
2304 - State-run Anadolu Agency says 17 police killed at
Ankara special forces HQ.
2259 - Turkish fighter jet shoots down military helicopter
used by coup-plotters over Ankara, broadcaster NTV says.
2251 - Commander of special forces says a group has engaged
in treason, they will not succeed. Says military does not
2237 - Commander of Turkey's First Army, part of land forces
responsible for Istanbul and other western areas, said those
attempting a coup were a small faction and "nothing to worry
2226 - Two loud explosions heard in centre of Turkish
2208 - Tanks surround Turkish parliament building, open
fire. Gunfire heard at Istanbul airport.
2203 - Turkish justice minister says members of a movement
loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen in the army are
behind the attempted coup.
2151 - A military helicopter opens fire over the Turkish
capital Ankara, witnesses report an explosion in the capital.
2135 - Turkish state broadcaster TRT goes off air, but later
starts broadcasting from London.
2126 - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges people to take
to the streets to protest against what he describes as a coup
attempt by a minority faction within the military. Speaking to a
CNN Turk reporter via a cellphone video link he says it will
meet a "necessary response". He says he is returning to the
2122 - Turkish PM says on Twitter everything will be done to
put down coup attempt, even if it means fatalities. Says sieges
are under way at some important buildings, urges people to
2118 - Presidential source says president and government are
still in power.
2105 - Turkish state broadcaster says reading statement on
the orders of the military - that new constitution will be
prepared, accuses government of eroding democratic and secular
rule of law, that the country is being run by a "peace council",
that martial law and curfew imposed across the country.
2102 - Head of Istanbul branch of Turkey's ruling AK Party
says soldiers enter party building, told to go.
2058 - Soldiers are inside buildings of Turkish state
broadcaster TRT in Ankara, TRT correspondent tells Reuters.
2057 - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media
restricted in Turkey, say internet monitoring groups.
2049 - Turkish presidential source says statement made on
behalf of armed forces was not authorised by military command.
2047 - Turkish chief of military staff among hostages taken
at military headquarters in Ankara, says state-run Anadolu
2038 - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is safe, reports CNN
2025 - Statement purportedly from Turkish military says it
has taken power to protect democratic order. The message, sent
by email and reported on Turkish TV channels, says all of
Turkey's existing foreign relations will be maintained.
2002 - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says attempted
coup under way, calls for calm. He says a group within Turkey's
military has attempted to overthrow the government and security
forces have been called in to "do what is necessary".
1950 - Gunshots are heard in Ankara, military jets and
helicopters seen flying overhead. Helicopters seen overhead in
1929 - Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet
Bridge are both closed. Dogan News Agency footage shows cars and
buses being diverted.
(Compiled by Andrew Heavens; Editing by Alison Williams)