Updated: Dec 4, 2019
On July 15, 2016, Turkey experienced a horrific and historic event. During what appeared
to be a military coup attempt, the Turkish parliament was bombed, and hundreds of civilians and soldiers lost their lives. This attempt appeared to have been planned and executed with remarkable incompetence and was crushed quickly. The failed attempt has been used as a pretext to launch an unprecedented crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his political opponents and the free press, clearing the way for the president tofurther consolidate power. In this report we examine three narratives about the July 15 attempt. The junta narrative that is voiced by Erdogan and his government, and two narratives voiced by observers, the broad coalition narrative and the collusion narrative.