Some Suspect Erdogan Staged Coup to Humiliate Military, Increase his Own Power

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

A Syrian government newspaper says the failed coup in Turkey was fabricated and aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the military.

The daily Al-Thawra said Sunday that the attempted coup was a plot by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “avenge the military and strip it of its remaining popular support.”

It said police loyal to Erdogan “deliberately humiliated” the army in front of the people.

Erdogan is a strong backer of the insurgents trying to remove President Bashar Assad from power in neighboring Syria. The Syrian government views the rebels as terrorists.

SOURCE: The Associated Press