Turkey coup d’etat intrigue:

Turkey has detained 6,000 people over Friday’s failed coup and the number is expected to rise further, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said.

The sweep has included high-ranking soldiers and 2,700 judges. More than 50 senior soldiers were detained in the western province of Denizli on Sunday.

Mr Bozdag described the arrests as a “clean-up operation”. At least 265 people were killed in clashes as the coup failed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says parliament might consider a proposal to introduce the death penalty.

Mr Erdogan has accused a US-based Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen of being behind the plot, which Mr Gulen denies.

My knowledge of Turkey sort of begins and ends with the two days I spent there getting ready to go to Afghanistan some years ago. I’m not going to pretend to be any sort of authority on the ins and outs of their system of government. However, like much of the American media, I’m trying to get caught up as quickly as possible by reading up on the extraordinary events that took place the other night.

I was watching this live on television as it kicked off Friday evening. The images and video were stunning. It seemed to me that we were watching history unfold in real time, perhaps a changing of the guard in Turkey. But, as quickly as it began, the coup attempt collapsed. Poorly executed and planned, it wasn’t long before Erdogan returned in triumph to Istanbul. I’m no master tactician, but I would think step one of a coup is to actually get the guy in charge right off the bat. And if you come at the king, you best not miss, as the old saying goes. That didn’t happen. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was soon able to rally his suspiciously ready followers, the military forces behind the coup were unwilling to fire on civilians, and it was soon all over. But the questions are just beginning.