U.S. State Dept.: Turkey Is UNDER ATTACK

July 15, 2016Jul 15, 2016

UPDATED AT 6:19 P.M. EASTERN — David Smith of the UK Guardian has pointed out that the government of Turkey has allowed the U.S. to station warplanes there because of its proximity to neighboring Syria. Losing that permission to a new regime could be a major blow in the battle against ISIS. 

Numerous reports are flooding in of an attempted coup by at least part of the Turkish military to overthrow the government.

According to ABC News, the country's prime minister says the uprising is taking place in the Turkish capital of Ankara. General access to social media has within the country has been shut down.

According to ABC on Twitter, the U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens traveling in the area to "shelter in place and stay indoors."

The U.S. Embassy there reports shots being fired nearby. A string of unconfirmed reports leaking out of the country claim that the military rebels have taken over the state TV offices and military headquarters. Images show tanks blocking access to the nearby airport, but it is unclear if they are acting on behalf of the government or the rebels.

According to correspondent Bram Vermeulen, the rebels are saying on state-run TV that "to again obtain constitutional democratic hum[an] rights, we are officially managing the country."

But according to the New York Times, the prime minister says “The government elected by the people remains in charge."

The U.S. State Department says the coup is ongoing, with rebels attempting to overtake the government while security forces battle back.