Broken Trust: How a Failed Coup Weakens Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 | 19:10 GMT
It will take the Turkish military years to recover from the failed coup.
Clothes and weapons from soldiers who took part in the July 15 coup attempt lie abandoned on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge. It will take the Turkish military years to recover from the failed putsch.
(GOKHAN TAN/Getty Images)

The coup attempt that saw the Turkish state plunged into crisis has come at precisely the wrong time for Ankara. Just over the border in Iraq and Syria, critical challenges are mounting, as Ankara is being drawn deeper into the fight to contain the Islamic State. Turkey is also combating its own domestic Kurdish militant movement, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Because the coup emerged from within certain divisions of the military, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will now engage in heavy purges of the armed forces. This will make it difficult for Ankara to use the military as an instrument of policy and national strategy. The coup has been put down, but it could hamstring Turkey for a long time to come....

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