Police supporting Erdogan surrounded other groups of soldiers and forced their surrender. In Istanbul, coup-backing soldiers abandoned tanks on the Bosphorus bridge:

And civilians climbed the tanks to celebrate and took selfies in front of them:

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, July 16.
Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, July 16.
Image: Reuters/Murad Seze

Residents of Ankara woke up to the aftermath of the tanks that rolled through the city the night before.


Citizens, mostly men, gathered outside the Parliament building in Ankara. They stood around in tense groups, carrying Turkish flags and listening to the government radio broadcast, which had been briefly taken over by the military overnight.

The prime minister’s office was damaged:

At the military headquarters, alleged leaders of the coup were photographed being forced to strip to their underwear after their surrender.

Some were videotaped being forcibly stripped by their captors.

In Malatya, in the southern half of the country, shots were still being heard after 9am.

While the government has retaken control of Turkey, the country’s future remains uncertain. The strength of the coup shows the depth of anger at Erdogan, who has ruled an increasingly unstable Turkey since 2003.

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