Turkey began punishment of the alleged ringleaders behind a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, putting top generals under arrest as government supporters celebrated in city centers that hours earlier were engulfed in bloody gun battles and airstrikes.
Erdogan had promised swift retribution when he arrived at Istanbul’s international airport early on Saturday from a coastal vacation, and blamed followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally. “They will pay a heavy price for their treason,” he said.
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