The failed attack by a small group of military officers ended with the deaths of at least 160 people and at least 1,000 injured.
The officers flew to Greece seeking asylum and were identified as: two majors, one captain, and five privates, according to Anadolu Agency, a state-run news organization.
According to reports, the men were arrested when they illegally entered Greece, but they are currently analyzing the asylum demand by the eight military personnel.
The Greek government said it will return a Turkish Blackhawk helicopter to Turkey "as soon as possible." Evidently, this is how the men made their escape from Turkey.
The coup attempt was quashed by forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a night of air battles, explosions and gunfire. Thousands were arrested and Erdogan, who has been slowly taking more and more power away from the people, has vowed that those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason." This will likely mean torture and death because Erdogan is an Islamist who follows the precepts of Sharia.
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The soldiers behind the coup at the military headquarters in Ankara have been taken into custody. May God have mercy on them because knowing Erdogan, they will need it.
The Andolu Agency report stated that anti-terrorism police [an oxymoron if there ever was one] will conduct a "detailed search" at the headquarters, obviously to look for evidence pertaining to coup participants.
NTV television showed a colonel and other soldiers being taken into custody at he HQ. They were being searched by special forces police, hands behind their heads, and kneeling on the ground in the same fashion. Some of the lower-ranking soldiers claimed they didn't know that they were part of a coup, but video may have disproved that claim.
Military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has taken over command of the operation against the coup plotters, according to CNN-Turk.
When the coup attempt began late Friday, the military involved said it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."
Sadly, they lost in their attempt and will obviously pay for it with their blood.
A statement from the White House said President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that both sides "should support the democratically elected government of Turkey, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed."
And they should know--Obama and Kerry have avoided getting involved with actually retaliating against Islamic jihad and refuse to discuss it.
Supposedly, the coup will have "no impact" on anti-ISIS missions flown out of Incirlik Airbase in southeastern Turkey, according to a senior Defense Department official. This may be true, but it's likely that the aftermath of the coup attempt will end up being bad for the United States.
The Judges and Prosecutors High Council, a governing body overseeing judges and prosecutors in Turkey, has dismissed 2,745 judges across the country in a likely attempt to make the country more Sharia-compliant and fall in line with Erdogan's leadership. They had an emergency meeting hours after the coup was quashed.
The meeting was called to discuss disciplinary measures against those suspected of having links to the movement led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The Turkish government believes the coup was carried out by a small group within the military loyal to Gulen's movement.
Useless NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement calling for "calm and restraint," taking his cue from Obama and Kerry. Stoltenberg called for respect for Turkey's democratic institution and its constitution, but that's why they had a coup in the first place, proving once more that NATO has its collective head up its nether regions.
Leaders of Turkey's current* religious communities released a joint statement condemning the coup attempt. The statement came from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities declaring "our great sorrow over the terrorist attacks that disturb the peace of our great nation and of the world."
Erdogan spoke at Ataturk Airport early Saturday and spoke to the crowd of loyal Islamobots: "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."
Of course, Erdogan risked nothing as he was away from the country on vacation at the taxpayer's expense.
*If you have an IQ above room temperature, you must have observed how Christians and especially, Jews, have been disappearing from Islamic theocracies over the years. This is not coincidence but the result of Islamic scripture that commands Muslims to conquer, convert the infidels to Islam, or make them pay a tax called "jizyya" if they refuse to convert, and kill them if they don't pay up. This is one of the basic tenets of the "religion of peace."