Turkish General Staff slams coup ‘traitors’

Turkish nation will draw distinction between real members of armed forces and coup members, says military

Turkey’s military said on Tuesday that coup “traitors” will be heavily punished.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff condemned those it described as having defamed the Turkish state, its history and its honorable armed forces, according to Anadolu Agency.

The statement added that the military believed that “our nation will decide between those [soldiers and officers] who are members of an illegal terrorist organization [FETO] and those who fight against a separatist terror organization [PKK] for the safety of the state”.

The Turkish General Staff added that it was at the state and nation’s disposal, from its youngest private to its highest-ranking general, within a democratic judicial system.

“Victory belongs to those who believe in the superiority of law, democracy and our nation’s high values and targets,” the statement added.

The deadly coup attempt occurred late on Friday when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country’s democratically elected government.

At least 208 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.

The government has said the attempted coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within the Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the so-called ‘parallel state.’