Defense minister says Turkey in full control

"The nation will never forget this betrayal".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters Saturday that Gulen was the "leader of a terrorist organization" and that any country "standing by this person will not be a friend of Turkey".

Describing the attempted coup as a "black stain" on Turkey's democracy, Yildirim said 161 people had been killed in the night of violence and 1,440 wounded.

The statement praised Turks for taking to the streets and resisting the coup. "I think in the short term this failed coup plot will strengthen President Erdogan, particularly in his drive to turn his office into a strong and centralized executive presidency". The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. The airline announced later in the day that it would return to normal service from tomorrow, as did its SWISS subsidiary.

The military chief of staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was rescued during an operation at an air base after being taken hostage earlier by pro-coup soldiers. He says initial evidence suggests ties between the failed coup's masterminds, including Ozturk and the Gulenist Movement.

The Turkish media on Saturday cited two military figures as leading the coup attempt.

Around the same time, Istanbul's second bridge was taken over by the military as well.

Erdogan flew into Ataturk airport early yesterday and was greeted by large crowds.

People faced off with troops that had blocked the bridges over the Bosporus, linking the Asian and European sides of Istanbul.

Speaking to reporters in Luxembourg on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said US authorities anticipated questions about Gulen's possible role in the current upheaval in Turkey.

Speaking after a dramatic night in the country, he said: "We were walking back to the hotel from Marmaris city centre around 11pm and saw that all the pubs and clubs had the news on, but we were unable to understand what they were saying as it was Turkish TV". "They bombed places I had departed right after I was gone", he said. Especially after what happened yesterday, I don't believe any country would support him. Two other tanks and a military vehicle were stationed in front of the VIP terminal.

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Erdogan's survival has turned him into a "sort of a mythical figure" and could further erode democracy in Turkey, said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish research program at The Washington Institute.

"The FAA is monitoring the situation in Turkey in coordination with our partners in the State Department and The Department of Homeland Security and will update the restrictions as the situation evolves", the agency said in statement. "Longing for my homeland burns in my heart, but freedom is also equally important", said Gulen, who lives on the grounds of the Golden Generation Worship & Retreat Center, an Islamic retreat founded by Turkish-Americans.

If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years. But he's had a fraught relationship with the powerful military, which has carried out multiple coups over the past half-century.

It is not yet known who was behind the coup.

There were frequent reports of gunfire. Video from inside and outside the parliament chamber showed the building being rocked by an explosion.

However, the self-exiled cleric strongly condemned the coup attempt, and said he had nothing to do with the uprising.

Roughly half of Syria's almost 5 million refugees are in Turkey, straining the country's resources.

Turkey scrapped the death penalty more than a decade ago. He has shaken up the government, cracked down on dissidents, restricted the news media and renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels. The ban includes flights to the non-U.S. carriers via third countries.

Turkey plays a key role in US -led efforts against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Although he didn't outline any threat, Erdogan's emphasis on U.S.

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