News from Turkey: 'We've shot four people. Everything's fine' - Turkish coup through its plotter's eyes

13:12 Jul. 25, 2016

'We've shot four people. Everything's fine' - Turkish coup through its plotter's eyes

A group of imams stand next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a funeral service for victims of the thwarted coup in Istanbul at Fatih mosque in Istanbul, July 17, 2016, Turkey (Getty Images)

Bellingcat publishes the transcript of turkey coup plotters WhatsApp group

A group of plotters of the failed Turkish coup attempt used a WhatsApp group to communicate with each other.

Bellingcat has transcribed, translated, and analysed the conversation, thereby cross-referencing the messages with photos, videos, and news reports of the evening, night, and morning of July 15-16.

The transcript is composed of two different sources.

The first source is a video which was uploaded to Twitter in the morning of July 16, and appears to show the conversation on the phone of a surrendered, captured, or killed coup plotter. This video revealed the WhatsApp conversation from its start at 21:15 to 22:45.

Watch also Ukraine Today's interview with Bohdan Yaremenko: Ukrainian diplomat and international politics expert on how attempted military uprising might effect Ukraine-Turkey relations

The second source is 21 photos that show the rest of the conversation, has already been transcribed. The photos are courtesy of Al Jazeera Türk's Selahattin Günday, and we are thankful that he was willing to share them with Bellingcat. We owe many thanks to "Has Avrat"[1] for fully translating the transcript, as well as contributing to the analysis. All times mentioned are in the local time zone, which is EEST (UTC+3).

This article will chronologically highlight and analyse most the most striking parts of the transcript. Full story  


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A full transcript in both the original Turkish and translated English of the WhatsApp conversation can be viewed and downloaded here as a PDF-file.

On late July 15 a military coup was attempted in Turkey. More than 260 people were killed in the clashes, according to the latest data.

Turkish authorities detained more than 13,000 people since the failed coup.

The General Staff of the Turkish Army said that Air Force and Military Police representatives were the failed coup organizers. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency.


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