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Peace at Home Council

25-jan-19

The Peace at Home Council (Turkish: Yurtta Sulh Konseyi), alternatively called the Peace Council, claimed to be an executive body that led a coup attempt in Turkey starting on 15 July 2016 and ended on 16 July 2016. The name was made public in a statement read on air during the 15 July 2016 temporary takeover by soldiers of the headquarters of Turkish state broadcaster TRT. The group was supposedly formed within the Turkish Armed Forces. It was declared to be the governing council of Turkey during the coup attempt. The creation of the Council was announced by Tijen Karaş, a news anchor at the state-owned TRT news channel, allegedly at gunpoint.

The name "Peace at Home Council" "is derived from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's famous saying 'Peace at Home, Peace in the World'". Although it was declared as the successor to the incumbent 65th government of Turkey, the failure of the coup attempt meant that the Council never took de facto power in the country.

The formation of the Council and its dismissal of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government was announced live on the state broadcaster TRT after soldiers took over the channel's broadcasting headquarters. The stated aims of the Council were "to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged".  No set information regarding members and structure of the Council were given and TRT suspended broadcasting shortly after the delivery of the statement announcing the Council's creation.

The statement that was read on air at TRT headquarters, said (in Turkish) that

"It is the wish and order of the Turkish Armed Forces for this statement to be broadcast on all channels of the Turkish Republic. The valuable citizens of the Turkish Republic have systematically been subject to constitutional and legal infringements threatening the basic characteristics and vital institutions of the state, while all state institutions including the Turkish Armed Forces have undergone attempts to be redesigned based on ideological motives, rendering them unfit for purpose.

Fundamental rights and freedoms as well as the secular democratic legal structure based on the separation of powers have been abolished by the heedless, misguided and even treacherous president and government officials. Our state has lost its rightful international reputation and has become a country governed by an autocracy based on fear and where fundamental human rights are overlooked. The wrong decisions taken by the political elite have resulted in the failure to combat growing terrorism, which has claimed the lives of several innocent citizens and security forces who have been fighting against terror.

The corruption and pilferage within the bureaucracy have reached serious levels, while the judicial system throughout the country has become unfit for purpose. In these circumstances, the Turkish Armed Forces, that founded and has guarded to this day the Turkish Republic under extraordinary sacrifices, established under the leadership of the Great Atatürk, has in order to continue the country's indivisible unity in the wake of the Peace at Home, Peace in the World ideal, to safeguard the survival of the nation and the state, to eliminate the threats our Republic's victories face, to eliminate the de facto obstructions to our justice system, to stop corruption that has become a national security threat, to allow efficient operations against all forms of terrorism, to bring forward fundamental and universal human rights to all our citizens regardless of race or ethnicity and to re-establish the constitutionally enshrined values of a secular democratic social and legal state, to regain our nation's lost international reputation and to establish stronger relations and co-operate for international peace, stability and serenity, taken over administration.

The governance of the State will be undertaken by the established Peace at Home Council. The Peace at Home Council has taken every action to ensure that it fulfils the obligations set by all international institutions, including the United Nations and NATO. The government, which has lost all its legitimacy, has been dismissed from office." *

Date City   Killed Injured
15 Siirt

Gunmen set up roadblocks and opened fire on civilians at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. One civilian was killed and an unknown number were wounded in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 1
15 Istanbul

Gunmen set up roadblocks and opened fire on civilians at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. One civilian was killed and an unknown number were wounded in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

1 Unknown
15 Ankara

 A helicopter opened fire on the General Staff headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. Five civilians and a police officer were killed in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

6 0
15 Ankara

 Assailants raided the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) broadcaster building in Ankara, Turkey. One civilian was wounded in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 1
15 Unknown

Assailants opened fire on the convoy of the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, in Kastamonu, Turkey. No casualties were reported in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 0
15 Ankara

 Assailants opened fire on civilians in Kazan, Ankara, Turkey. Seven civilians were killed in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

7 0
15 Ankara

 Aircraft dropped two explosive devices on a gendarmerie command center in Bestepe, Ankara, Turkey. Five civilians were killed in the blast. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

5 0
15 Ankara

 Aircraft fired projectiles at the TURKSAT satellite and communication agency in Golbasi, Ankara, Turkey. Three people were killed in the blast. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

3 0
15 Istanbul

Assailants attacked a Trans-European Motorway (TEM) tollbooth in Orhanli, Istanbul, Turkey. One police officer was killed in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization."

1 0
15 Ankara

 Aircraft attacked service trucks transporting police officers near the Special Forces Center in Golbasi, Ankara, Turkey. At least 42 police officers and an imam were killed in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization."**

43 0
15 Istanbul

Assailants attacked a crowd at Sarachane Park in Istanbul, Turkey. At least one Imam was killed in the incident. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

1 0
15 Ankara

Aircraft attacked tanks guarding the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks, and one of two attacks with related casualties carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 0
15 Istanbul

 Assailants set up a road block and a sniper opened fire on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. The assailant and a military official were killed and an unknown number of civilians were injured in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

2 Unknown
15 Istanbul

Assailants set up a road block on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 0
16 Istanbul

 Assailants raided the Hurriyet building in Istanbul, Turkey. There were no reported casualties in the attack, though sources noted that assailants interfered with CNN Turk broadcasts. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 0
16 Ankara

Aircraft opened fire on a police station in Ankara, Turkey. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks, and one of two attacks with related casualties carried out in Turkey overnight. At least six police officers were killed between this and a related attack. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

3 0
16. Ankara

Aircraft opened fire on a police station in Ankara, Turkey. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks, and one of two attacks with related casualties carried out in Turkey overnight. At least six police officers were killed between this and a related attack. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

3 0
16 Marmaris

Assailants attacked the hotel where President Erdogan had been staying in Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey. Two police officers were killed in the attack. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

2 0
16 Ankara

Aircraft opened fire on a police station in Ankara, Turkey. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks, and one of two attacks with related casualties carried out in Turkey overnight. At least six police officers were killed between this and a related attack. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 12
16 Unknown

Assailants abducted a Turkish Air Force Commander from an unknown location in Turkey. The commander, identified as Abidin Unal, was released shortly after the abduction. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

0 0
16 Ankara

Assailants abducted three commanders at the Akincilar Airbase in Ankara, Turkey. All three officers were released shortly after their abduction. This was one of 20 coordinated attacks carried out in Turkey overnight. The Peace at Home Council claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that individuals who "have betrayed the country" would stand trial. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization." **

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* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Peace_at_Home_Council

**
"National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). (2017). Global Terrorism Database [Data file]. Retrieved from https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd"

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