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 Story 1: Terrorist Attack In Nice, France, 84 +, Dead, 202 Injured While Watching Bastille Day Fireworks — 

 

map-nice-0714The attack happened in the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in the South of France while victims were watching a firework display 

Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. Up to 30 people are feared dead and over 100 others were injured after a van drove into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French resort of Nice on July 14, a local official told French television, describing it as a "major criminal attack". / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016.
Up to 30 people are feared dead and over 100 others were injured after a van drove into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French resort of Nice on July 14, a local official told French television, describing it as a “major criminal attack”. / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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BREAKING NEWS: At least 73 dead and shots fired as lorry RAMS into crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice leaving bodies strewn across the road in suspected Terror attack

  • At least 60 people are feared dead and 150 have been injured in a Bastille Day attack in Nice, southern France
  • Eyewitnesses reported a gunfight between police responding to the attack and suspects at the scene 
  • Gunmen are believed to have taken hostages in two hotel and a restaurant in the city according to witnesses  
  • Witnesses said the driver crashed his truck into a group of people, jumped down and opened fire with a gun 
  • Thousands of people were in the city watching Bastille Day fireworks when the attack began  

There are unconfirmed reports that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The truck mounted the pavement at approximately 40mph and steered directly towards people watching a fireworks display in the city.

One witness called Antoine said: ‘We were at the Neptune beach and a firework display had just finished. That is when we saw a white lorry. It was going quickly at 60-70 kilometres an hour.’

Gunshots rang out in the streets, with gunmen targeting hotels and cafes in the port city as residents were warned to lock themselves in doors for their safety . The RAID anti-terror squad has been deployed to the city.

Hundreds of people were watching fireworks along the promenade when the attack began.

The gunman jumped out of the truck after ploughing through the pedestrians and started opening fire. Officials said the driver was shot dead near the scene.

A second suspect is thought to be on the run.

An eyewitness said he saw a truck driver slam a vehicle into a crowd of revelers in the French resort city of Nice and then emerge shooting, killing many.

Wassim Bouhlel, said Nice’s Promenade du Paillon, said that he saw a truck drive into the crowd and then witnessed the man emerge with a gun and start shooting.

‘There was carnage on the road,’ Bouhlel said. ‘Bodies everywhere.’

Police have reportedly found weapons and bombs in the truck.

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A truck ploughed through a large group of people in Nice during a suspected terrorist attack which claimed 'dozens of lives' 

At least 60 people were killed in the southern French town of Nice when a truck ran into a crowd

At least 60 people have been killed during a horrific Bastille Day attack in Nice, southern France

Horrific images depicting men and women lying on the side of a road close to the Promenade des Anglais 

The driver mounted the pavement at 40mph and steered directly at large groups of people watching the fireworks 

‘Omg terrorist attack’: Panicked onlooker films crowds running

Heavily armed soldiers occupied the centre of the town to restore control after the attack which claimed at least 50 lives 

An air ambulance arrived at the scene, pictured,  to take survivors of tonight's attack to hospital 

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France

The attack happened in the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in the South of France while victims were watching a firework display 

Separately, a fire erupted near the Eiffel Tower causing panic. It is not known whether the two incidents are linked.

A spokesman for the Alpes Maritime prefecture advised locals to ‘stay indoors’ as gunfire was heard, and a lorry was driven into a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais.

Eyewitnesses said there were ‘bodies everywhere’ with at least 100 people injured.

The truck driver crashed his vehicle and jumped out and started shooting.

Police are also searching for an accomplice.

At this stage, police are describing the incident as ‘a major criminal attack’.

Sebastian Humbert, prefect for the Alpes – Martime area said: ‘A truck rammed into the crowd over a long distance, which explains this extremely heavy toll.’

Police have deployed armed checkpoints across the city in an effort to find any suspected attackers 

Police officers and armed soldiers stood guard as the city was put on lockdown as several dozen people were killed in the attack 

Police officers and armed soldiers stood guard as the city was put on lockdown as several dozen people were killed in the attack

He said the driver has been shot dead by police. They are currently hunting for a second attacker.

The Gendarmerie Nationale tweeted: ‘Emergency operation in progress. Keep calm and avoid downtown area. Follow the official accounts to be informed.’

Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic.

British holidaymaker Esther Serwah, 59, was staying in a hotel a short walk from the scene.

She said she had been on her way to the Promenade des Anglais for dinner with her daughters when people started screaming at her.

Mrs Serwah, from Surrey, said: ‘I was just walking to the Promenade and then I saw everybody running and I just didn’t know what was going on.

‘People were screaming at me in French but I didn’t understand.

‘Some people were lying on the streets dead and people were running over the bodies.

‘Everybody was saying it’s a terrorist attack. It’s just horrible, horrible, horrible.

‘I’m in shock. I’m still shaking.’

According to the White House: ‘The president has been apprised of the situation in Nice, France, and his national security team will update him, as appropriate.’

French President Francois Hollande is heading to the Interior Ministry’s crisis centre.

Crowd footage shows aftermath of suspected Nice terror attack

There were also separate reports of a possible fire near the Eiffel Tower in Paris this evening according to witnesses 

There were also separate reports of a possible fire near the Eiffel Tower in Paris this evening according to witnesses

Officials said the truck mounted the pavement and steered directly towards pedestrians who were out in the city watching fireworks 

Officials said the truck mounted the pavement and steered directly towards pedestrians who were out in the city watching fireworks

Across the city, hundreds of people hid and locked themselves in cafes and bars to protect themselves from possible attack 

Across the city, hundreds of people hid and locked themselves in cafes and bars to protect themselves from possible attack

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.

‘It is absolute chaos,’ said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary. ‘There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.

‘Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers. Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away. Gunmen are meant to be targeting hotels.’

The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.

Regional newspaper Nice Matin quoted its own reporter at the scene saying there were many injured people and blood on the street. It published a photograph of a damaged, long-distance delivery truck, which it said was ‘riddled with bullets’ and images of emergency services treating the injured.

Damien Allemand, the paper’s correspondent, was quoted as saying: ‘People are running. It’s panic. He rode up onto the Prom and piled into the crowd … There are people covered in blood. There must be many injured.’

The area around the Promenade is full of hotels and restaurants, which that were all packed at the height of the holiday season.

France is still under a State of Emergency following last year’s attacks on Paris, when almost 150 people were murdered by ISIS and Al-Qaeda operatives.

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi, who was at the celebration when it happened, tweeted: ‘Dear people of Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead. Stay for now in your home. More info to come.’

Eyewitnesses reported there were exchanges of gunfire between police and suspected terrorists in Nice, southern France 

Eyewitnesses reported there were exchanges of gunfire between police and suspected terrorists in Nice, southern France

Both groups are well known for driving vehicles into innocent people, prompting fears that tonight’s incident could be linked to their activities.

Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris during the French Revolution of 1789, is the country’s biggest public holiday.

The truck rammed into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk in the centre of town, regional newspaper Nice Matin reported, citing its own reporter at the scene.

French television channel BFM TV said the local prefecture in Nice was treating the incident as an attack and was asking people to stay at home.

People ran for their lives as the truck ploughed through the group of people in Nice, southern France

People ran for their lives as the truck ploughed through the group of people in Nice, southern France

The Mayor of Nice has already admitted that 'dozens of people' have been killed in tonight's attack 

The Mayor of Nice has already admitted that ‘dozens of people’ have been killed in tonight’s attack

The Mayor of Nice has admitted that ‘dozens are feared dead’.

There have been reports of exchanges of gunfire at the scene.

Horrific images depicting men and women lying on the side of a road close to the Promenade des Anglais appeared on social media.

Several people have been injured as videos emerged showing people fleeing in panic. The crash itself was not shown however.

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.

France has been repeatedly targeted in recent months, but it is not yet known whether the incident is terror related.

The country is still under a State of Emergency following last year’s attacks on Paris, when almost 150 people were murdered by ISIS and Al-Qaeda operatives.

People running in panic from scene where truck ran over people

Several people have been injured as videos emerged showing people fleeing in panic

Several people have been injured as videos emerged showing people fleeing in panic

‘Dear Nicois,’ local government leader Christian Estrosi wrote in a tweet. ‘The driver of a truck appears to have killed dozens of people. Stay at home for the time being. More news to follow.’

Regional newspaper Nice Matin quoted its own reporter at the scene saying there were many injured people and blood on the street. It published a photograph of a damaged, long-distance delivery truck, which it said was ‘riddled with bullets’ and images of emergency services treating the injured.

Damien Allemand, the paper’s correspondent, was quoted as saying: ‘People are running. It’s panic. He rode up onto the Prom and piled into the crowd … There are people covered in blood. There must be many injured.’

Colin Srivastava told BBC News: ‘We were basically sitting just in front of the Old Town in Nice and saw several hundred people running towards us looking panic stricken.

‘We tried to ask a few of them what the hell was going on and finally got one that said, ‘You need to go, the police have told us to run’.

‘Just around about the base of the hill where the castle is in Nice the police came running along and said, ‘Run now’.

‘We had absolutely no idea what was going on, to be honest with you.

‘When we got down into the port in Nice we were told by a few people who’d obviously run faster than we had that there was the story of a lorry that had gone into the people, basically cannoned into the crowd, and there were also shots fired, which is something we didn’t hear about until just now on French news.’

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Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance. They blew themselves up after police fired back – with CCTV footage capturing the moment one wounded extremist detonated his explosive vest seconds after a hero officer tried to detain him

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Orlando June 12, 2016 Mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse

Lone gunman Omar Mateen – a 29-year-old American security guard – sprayed bullets across the dancefloor before taking hostages after entering the Florida nightclub in the middle of the night armed with an AR-15. He was shot and killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff

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Brussels  March 22, 2016 Nail bombings in Brussels Airport

Two suicide bombers carrying homemade bombs in large suitcases attacked a departure hall at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. They exploded nine seconds apart. Another explosion took place just over an hour later in the middle carriage of a three-carriage train at Maalbeek metro station

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Istanbul  January 12, 2016 Suicide bomber detonates in the city’s tourist-heavy historical centre

Nabil Fadli, a Syrian member of the Islamic State walked up to a tour group standing in Sultanahmet Square and blew himself up. Most of the victims were German but also came from Peru, South Korea and Norway

13 15
Paris November 13, 2015 Bombings and shootings in Bataclan and across the French capital

A series of coordinated attacks occurred at the national stadium during a football match between France and Germany, followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés, restaurants and a music venue in the centre of the city

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Egypt  October 23, 2015 Bomb brings down Russian jet over Egypt

Metrojet Flight 9268 comes down in Sinai. Shortly after the crash, the Islamic State Sinai Branch, previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the incident

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Tunisia  June 26, 2015 Mass shooting at packed tourist beach

Attack occurred at Port El Kantaoui where hundreds of Brits were holidaying. Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi, disguised as a tourist, socialised with others, and then took out a Kalashnikov assault rifle concealed in a beach umbrella and fired at the tourists on the beach. He entered a hotel, shooting at people he came across

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’73 dead’ after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice ‘terror attack’

 

  • Truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebration in Nice
  • 73 people reported killed
  • Fears of terrorism as people flee scene in panic

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12:30am

‘Worst tragedy’

Mr Estrosi, the president of the region, extended his condolences to the families of the victims, saying:  “This is the worst tragedy in the history of Nice with more than 70 victims already.”

 He says a crisis group has been formed to tackle the situation.

 

12:24am

British student tells of ‘terrifying’ ordeal

Joel Fenster, a 23-year-old law student from north London who is in Nice for a language course, told The Telegraph how he and friend ran for cover after hearing gunshots.

“We went to watch the fireworks on the beach and then after we knew there was meant to be a concert so we were walking round to the promenade. It was a perfectly normal night,” he said, speaking from his apartment in Nice.

“Suddenly everyone started running in the opposite direction to us, and ducking down. It seemed like there was someone coming – there was a strong sense that we needed to get away. So we started running away from the beach, inland towards the old town.  We heard the gunshots – initially one, then later two more.”

Mr Fenster, a Cambridge University graduate, was in Nice for a one month French language course before starting a job at a law firm in London.

He said: “We ran down a road, everyone was ducking down and going into doorways. We ran into an alleyway and crouched down for about an hour. The whole time it was terrifying but didn’t quite feel real.

“We ran into a restaurant that was open, people were rushing into it from the street. At that point we thought there was a shooter running around. The police came and told the owner to turn the lights off and put the shutters down. Everyone got down on the floor, crouching below tables. There were quite a few young children, they were terrified.”

Mr Fenster said the police came back to the restaurant about half an hour later and told everyone to evacuate the building.

“We were directed to Place Massena. Police were pointing guns and telling people to empty their bags. After that we just ran home to our flat,” he said.

12:21am

Truck loaded with arms and grenades

Christian Estrosi, president of the region, says the truck in Nice was loaded with arms and grenades.

12:19am

No claim of responsibility yet

SITE Intel Group is saying no group has yet claimed the attack but pro-Isil groups are celebrating.

12:16am

‘Another horrific attack,’ Trump says

Republican candidate Donald Trump has reacted to the tragedy.

“Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”

Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.

He also says he has postponed Friday’s announcement of his VP candidate.

12:13am

May being kept up to date

A spokesman for 10 Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May was being  kept up to date on events in Nice, adding:

“Our thoughts are with all those  affected by this terrible incident on what was a day of national celebration.”

12:11am

‘The dead remained all along the street’

Zeynep Akar, another witness, spoke from near the scene of the attack after it had concluded.

She told CNN  the crowd was lined up for 200 yards along the road, and that the driver went straight through from one end to the other.

She said the wounded had been rushed from the scene, but that the dead remained all along the street.

“The truck is still there too,” she said.

12:08am

‘Scene of horror’

The president of the Nice region, Eric Ciotti, is at the scene.

He told France Info radio: “It’s a scene of horror.”

The Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Prette said bodies are strewn about along the roadway.

12:06am

‘My daughter managed to escape’

Loupzenoui Lautur said her daughter was present when the lorry crashed into the crowd.

“She and a friend managed to escape and find refuge the spectator stands. They could hear shouting but they ran home without looking back. There were even people who escaped from the attack in their building.”

12:04am

The latest

At least 73 people were killed and about 100 injured on Thursday night when a lorry drove into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, David Chazan reports.

A gunman reportedly got out of the lorry and fired into the crowd on the seafront Promenade des Anglais, an area popular with tourists in the Riviera resort, leaving dead and injured people lying in the street.

He was shot dead by police but there were reports that an accomplice had fled and that guns and grenades were found in the lorry.

The local Prefecture described the slaughter as a “terrorist attack” but an interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said it was too early to be certain of the killers’ motives.

12:02am

‘Children in tears’

The manager of Le Voilier Plage restaurant in Nice said:

“Just as the fireworks finished we saw a lorry drive onto the pavement. There was a massive panic there must have been somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 people on the Promenade des Anglais. There was an awful panic, people were running everywhere. We provided a refuge for some people, mothers, children. There were people lying on the ground who were injured or worse.

“There were children in tears.”

12:01am

Death toll rises to 73

The death toll has risen to 73, according to Le Figaro quoting a police source.

11:59pm

Hollande in crisis meeting

President François Hollande has cut short a visit to the southern city of Avignon and returned to Paris to chair a crisis meeting at the interior ministry, David Chazan reports from Paris.

The French presidency said on its Twitter feed that the government had activated the inter-ministerial crisis centre following the incident in Nice.

11:55pm

‘I saw a small child on the ground’

A man identified as Manon told Nice Matin newspaper:

“The driver had made up his mind, he was going to crash. The van drove onto the pavement. It passed two metre away from us. I saw people lying down  I saw a small child on the ground.”

11:51pm

‘Very high toll’

A spokesman for France’s Interior Ministry says there are likely to be “several dozen dead” after the attack.

Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM TV: “It’s going to be a very high toll.”

The president of the Nice regional council also gave a similar number.

11:50pm

Obama aware of situation

The White House says the president has been appraised of the situation in Nice.

11:48pm

Foreign Office reacts

The Foreign Office says it is in touch with local authorities in Nice and is seeking more information following “an apparent attack on Bastille Day celebration in Nice”.

It has advised anyone in the area to follow the instructions of the French authorities.

11:47pm

Police take cover on Promenade des Anglais

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11:45pm

‘Cities united’

The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has sent her support to the people of Nice.

“On behalf of all Parisians, all of our fraternal support [goes] to the people of Nice. Our cities are united.”

11:37pm

’60 killed’

The Nice prosecutor’s office has been quoted by iTele TV channel as saying around 60 people have been killed.

11:29pm

Avoid downtown area of Nice

The Gendarmerie Nationale tweeted:

Emergency operation in progress. Keep calm and avoid downtown area. Follow the official accounts to be informed.

 

11:24pm

‘Truck was travelling at 60-70km per hour’

A local Nice Matin journalist on the scene reported: “People ran, there was panic. He drove onto the promenade and ploughed into the crowd. There is a huge amount of blood and without doubt a lot of people have  been hurt.”

A witness who gave his name as Antoine said: “We were at the Neptune beach and a firework display had just finished. That is when we saw a white lorry. It was going quickly at 60-70 kilometres an hour.”

11:23pm

‘You need to go, the police have told us to run’

Colin Srivastava told BBC News: “We were basically sitting just in front of the Old Town in Nice and saw several hundred people running towards us looking panic stricken.

“We tried to ask a few of them what the hell was going on and finally got one that said, ‘You need to go, the police have told us to run’.

“Just around about the base of the hill where the castle is in Nice the police came running along and said, ‘Run now’.

“We had absolutely no idea what was going on, to be honest with you.

“When we got down into the port in Nice we were told by a few people who’d obviously run faster than we had that there was the story of a lorry that had gone into the people, basically cannoned into the crowd, and there were also shots fired, which is something we didn’t hear about until just now on French news.”

11:20pm

‘We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July’

One eyewitness told France’s BFM TV: “Everyone was calling run, run, run there’s an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July.

“There was great panic. We were running too because we didn’t want to stick around and we went into a hotel to get to safety. ”

11:19pm

‘Bodies everywhere’

Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native who spoke to the AP near Nice’s Promenade du Paillon, said that he saw a truck drive into the crowd and then witnessed the man emerge with a gun and start shooting.

“There was carnage on the road,” Bouhlel said. “Bodies everywhere.”

 

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11:12pm

Mayor of Nice tweets

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi, who was at the celebration when it happened, tweeted: “Dear people of Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead. Stay for now in your home. More info to come.”

11:08pm

‘It’s absolute chaos’

A spokesman for the Alpes Maritime prefecture advised locals to ‘stay indoors’ as gunfire was heard, and a lorry was driven into a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, Peter Allen reports.

Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic.

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.

“It is absolute chaos,” said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary.

“There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.

“Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers.  Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away. Gunmen are meant to be targeting hotels.”

The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.

The area around the Promenade is full of hotels and restaurants, which that were all packed at the height of the holiday season.

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11:01pm

Driver of truck ‘shot dead’

Reports on French tv that the driver of the truck was shot dead by police.

Witnesses describe there being “bodies everywhere”.

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11:00pm

More footage of people fleeing in panic

 

10:54pm

30 people reported killed

French tv states up to 30 people have been killed.

BFM TV reported “dozens of dead” in Nice. “It’s total panic,” a witness told the channel by telephone. “We saw a white lorry which drove directly into people on the Promenade des Anglais. A gunman fired into the crowd before being shot by police. Perhaps they are dead, I’m not sure.”

10:45pm

Local authorities state it is an attack and several gunshots have been heard, French TV reports

Police and ambulances went to the scene and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

An AFP reporter described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.

“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said.

10:34pm

Fears of terrorism

 A truck has crashed into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice – prompting fears of terrorism, Peter Allenreports.

Horrific images depicting men and women lying on the side of a road close to the Promenade des Anglais appeared on social media.

Videos and photographs also showed thousands fleeing in panic following reports of loud explosions.

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.

The country is still under a State of Emergency following last year’s attacks on Paris, when almost 150 people were murdered by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda operatives.

Both groups are well known for driving vehicles into innocent people, prompting fears that tonight’s incident could be linked to their activities.

Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris during the French Revolution of 1789, is the country’s biggest public holiday.

10:28pm

Picture of the truck

This is apparently the truck that hit a crowd of people in Nice:

 

10:27pm

Several injured

Several people have been injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, AFP reports.

10:24pm

Unconfirmed reports of gunshots in Nice

There are also reports in France that gunshots were heard in Nice.

However, the reports are unconfirmed by French officials and there was a fireworks display as part of the celebrations.

10:23pm

Truck ‘crashes into crowd’

Reports that a truck has crashed into a crowd at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, southern France.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/truck-crashes-into-crowd-at-bastille-day-celebrations-in-nice2/

 

Story 2: Trump/Pence  2016 Republican Unity Ticket — Trump Postpones Announcement In Respect For Victims of Latest Terrorist Attack In France –Videos

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Mike Pence: 5 Things to Know About Donald Trump’s Likely VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be unveiled as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate at an event in New York on Friday morning, according to reports from multiple news outlets on Thursday.

The Indiana Republican emerged as a top choice on Trump’s shortlist in recent days, but unlike fellow contenders New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Pence is a relative unknown in the national political scene.

Get to know Trump’s likely running mate better with these five fast facts:

1. Pence Considered Running for President in 2016.
The Indiana governor, who also served in the U.S. House for 12 years, has been floated by supporters as a possible presidential candidate in more than one election, and even considered campaigning for the top job in 2016 before ultimately announcing his decision to run for a second term as governor instead. “Indiana law, in terms of a federal office and a state office, doesn’t permit” running for both a federal and state office position at the same time, he said in February 2015 of his hesitation about running for president.

If Pence does officially become Trump’s running mate, the same law applies and he has until Friday to withdraw his name from the ballot for governor. The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that Pence is dropping his gubernatorial re-election bid in Indiana to become Trump’s running mate.

2. Pence First Endorsed Ted Cruz for President Before Switching to Trump.
Pence endorsed Cruz ahead of the May 3 Indiana primary before changing his tune just days later after Trump effectively clinched the GOP nomination. Even as he initially said he would be voting for Cruz in the Republican primary, Pence added that he wanted to “commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington D.C.”

3. “Rush Limbaugh on Decaf.”
In the 1990s, Pence worked as a conservative radio and TV host in Indiana, hosting the talk radio program The Mike Pence Show as well as a Sunday morning political TV program. He described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”

4. A Positive to Trump’s Negative?
Trump has become notorious for firing off insults at his rivals, but Pence is apparently no longer game for those kinds of tactics. After losing campaigns for Congress in 1988 and 1990, he wrote an essay called “Confessions of a Negative Campaigner,” in which he apologized for running negative ads against his opponent, Rep. Phillip Sharp.

5. The Evangelical Vote.
Pence, who has called himself “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” is beloved by social conservatives and evangelical Christians.

http://www.people.com/article/who-is-mike-pence-donald-trump-vice-president-pick

Trump-Pence show premieres in New York as Republican standard bearer says his running mate is ‘a man of honor, character and honesty’ (and Hillary is ‘the embodiment of corruption’!)

  • Donald Trump appeared with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday to formally introduce his running mate to the press and invited guests
  • Insisted in a morning tweet that Pence was ‘my first choice from [the] start’
  • Steady-handed conservative governor brings political experience and calm to an often chaotic and unpredictable campaign
  • Trump bashed Hillary Clinton as ‘the embodiment of corruption’ and said Pence has ‘the skills of a highly talented executive’
  • Pence drew a standing ovation by declaring that ‘Hillary Clinton must never become President of the United States 
  • He played up his congressional foreign policy credentials, blasting ‘Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, feigning resets with a resurgent Russia and the rise of ISIS’
  • Trump aligned himself with Pence’s Christian-right base by pledging to work to repeal an IRS regulation that prevents churches from weighing in on politics without losing their tax-exempt status

Billionaire Donald Trump praised his newly minted running mate Mike Pence as ‘a man of honor, character and honesty’ on Saturday, using their official coming-out party as a platform to contrast the Indiana governor with his November opponent Hillary Clinton.

‘Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of corruption. She’s a corrupt person,’ he said.

When Pence spoke nearly a half-hour later, saying he was ‘deeply humbled,’ he drew a standing ovation for a line he uttered Tuesday, during the pair’s only other joint public appearance: ‘Hillary Clinton must never become President of the United States of America.’

The 57-year-old Indianan lauded Trump, ‘this builder, this fighter, this patriotic American who has set aside a legendary career in business to build a stronger America.’

Trump told a hotel ballroom of several hundred invited guests that Pence is ‘the leader who will help us deliver a safe society and a really prosperous society for all Americans. …  He is a solid, solid person.’

‘He’s really got the skills of a highly talented executive, leading the state of Indiana to jobs, growth, and opportunity.’

Donald Trump bashed Hillary Clinton as ‘the embodiment of corruption’ and said Mike Pence has ‘the skills of a highly talented executive,’ at a New York event billed as a joint campaign kickoff

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Donald Trump's running mate this fall on the Republican presidential ticket, and played up his foreign policy credentials in a speech Saturday

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s running mate this fall on the Republican presidential ticket, and played up his foreign policy credentials in a speech Saturday

Members of the Trump and Pence families joined the two men on stage after their remarks at the Hilton Midtown in New York City

Pence and hiswife Karen embraced after his speech as their daughter Charlotte, right, beamed

 Mike Pence accepts Trumps offer to be his running mate

Trump and Pence unofficially kicked off the Republican National Convention two days before it opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

Reading at times from notes but with no teleprompter in sight, Trump leapt to identify himself with Pence’s evangelical values, pledging to push for a rollback of an IRS regulation that bars churches, mosques and synagogues from weighing in on political issues without risking their tax-exempt status.

‘Religion’s voice has been taken away,’ he claimed.

Clobbering Clinton for her stewardship of the U.S. State Department for the first half of the Obama administration, Trump tied her to this week’s deadly tumult in Europe and the Middle East.

‘She led him down a horrible path,’ he said of Obama. ‘He didn’t know what he was doing.’

‘Every single thing they touched has turned to horrible, horrible, death-defying problems.’

And he insisted, as has become his habit, that Clinton is ‘totally bought and paid for by Wall Street, the special interests, the lobbyists. 100 Percent. She’s crooked Hillary!

‘She’ll believe in whatever they want her to believe,’ he added. ‘Believe me, that’s it. What a difference between crooked Hillary Clkinton and Mike Pence!’

Pence played up his credentials as a former member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, clobbering ‘Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, feigning resets with a resurgent Russia and the rise of ISIS.’

‘History teaches us that weakness arouses evil,’ he said, saying ‘we must bring a change to America’s stand[ing] in the world. We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends.’

Trump sought to tamp down concerns that he was maneuvered into picking the Indiana governor, tweeting that Pence was his 'first choice'

Trump sought to tamp down concerns that he was maneuvered into picking the Indiana governor, tweeting that Pence was his ‘first choice’

Trump insisted there was no doubt in his mind about picking Pence, who said the billionaire asked him to be his running mate 'on Wednesday'

Trump insisted there was no doubt in his mind about picking Pence, who said the billionaire asked him to be his running mate ‘on Wednesday’

Trump spoke for 28 minutes before handing the podium over to Pence

'Hillary is a weak person,' Trump said, using his speech as a platform to clobber his November opponent

After Pence spoke, Trump joined him on stage – followed by members of their families. Notably absent was Melania Trump, whom aides said spent the day in New Jersey with her youngest son, Barron.

As selections from Trump’s standard pre-rally playlist boomed – the Rolling Stones and Elton John – he and Pence descended the stairs and worked the crowd.

Secret Service agents, not expecting the candidates to mix and mingle, sprinted forward to take up protective positions.

With a running mate who’s largely unknown to the public, Trump made the case Saturday that the steady conservative – with governing experience inside and outside of Washington – will help broaden his base and bring stability to a campaign that has been at times chaotic and unpredictable.

And despite days of speculation about the possibility of other vice presidential contenders displacing the amiable politician, the real estate billionaire tweeted Saturday morning: ‘Look forward to introducing Governor Mike Pence (who has done a spectacular job in the great State of Indiana). My first choice from [the] start!’

Trump chose Pence in part to ease some Republicans’ concerns about Trump’s lack of political experience, his freewheeling, impulsive style and his unorthodox policy positions.

 Pence, whose demeanor is as calm as Trump’s is fiery, brings a discipline that aides and advisers hoped could bridge that gap. Republican officials were overwhelmingly positive in their reactions to a Trump-Pence ticket.
Trump officially names Mike Pence as his running mate

Trump and Pence are off to the races, with Ivanka Trump, right looking on as applause washed over the room

Trump releases new ad touting Vice President pick Mike Pence

A handful of protesters set up outside the hotel on Saturday morning, including this group who were photo-bombed by a Trump supporter holding one of his rally signs

‘It was a pick that clearly shows he is pivoting to the general election,’ said GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, who was in the midst of an interview with The Associated Press when Trump announced his decision Friday morning.

‘He is choosing a person who has the experience inside and outside Washington, Christian conservative, very different style that I think shows a lot of maturity.’

Pence is well-regarded by evangelical Christians, particularly after signing a law that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gay people for religious reasons. But his hard-line ideology is also at odds with Trump, who has largely avoided discussion of social issues.

The Indianan is the quintessential ‘family values’ candidate, focusing on faith and family at every turn.

‘I’m a pretty basic guy: I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,’ he said.

‘While this office is an extraordinary office to which to aspire, the highest role I will ever play is: D-A-D. And I’m a proud father of a college student, a graduate turned-writer, and a United States Marine.’

Minutes later, The campaign blasted out the first fundraising email signed by Pence himself. In a jab at Clinton’s handling of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terror attacks, he wrote: ‘As a proud father of a U.S. marine, I don’t want a president who will take 13 hours to respond to our men and women in uniform.’

Pence, left, sat in the owner's box at Yankee Stadium for a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Friday night after meeting with Trump in his Manhattan office and taping an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity

Reporters gave Pence and his wife Karen, left, the full media treatment in New York City on Friday as they walked from their hotel to Trump Tower

In choosing Pence, Trump also appears to be looking past their numerous policy differences. The governor has been a longtime advocate of trade deals such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership, both of which Trump aggressively opposes.

Pence also has been critical of Trump’s proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States, calling the idea ‘offensive and unconstitutional.’ He also endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz instead of Trump ahead of Indiana’s presidential primary.

Trump spent weeks weighing vice presidential contenders, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and only zeroed in on Pence in recent days.

Pence said Saturday that he got the call from Trump ‘on Wednesday.’

For Pence, a different decision loomed: to continue his re-election bid in Indiana or bow out of the race to join Trump if invited.

Word that Pence would be joining the Republican ticket began trickling out in news reports Thursday before Trump had made a final decision or called Pence to offer him the job, according to a Republican familiar with the situation.

Trump was in California for fundraisers, separated from his closest aides, and was fuming about leaks that were viewed as an attempt to pressure him into the decision.

Still, the billionaire called Pence Thursday afternoon to offer him the job and ask him to fly to New York for a Friday morning news conference.

A few hours later, a huge truck barreled through a crowded holiday celebration in Nice, France. With Pence sitting in a New York hotel, Trump decided to postpone the announcement and later told Fox News he had not yet settled on his ‘final, final’ choice.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks on agriculture and trade in 2001

Trump held a midnight conference call with his top aides to discuss the situation, according to two people with knowledge of the call. By Friday, plans were back on track and Trump sent out a Twitter message announcing Pence as his running mate.

Moments later, one of Pence’s aides filed paperwork withdrawing him from the governor’s race about an hour before a noon deadline. State law prohibits candidates from being on ballots in two contests.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, strongly rejected suggestions that the candidate considered changing his mind about Pence. ‘Never waffled once he made his decision,’ Manafort wrote in an email.

Trump also pushed back with his tweet asserting that he was on board with pence from the beginning.

But Clinton’s campaign quickly seized on the appearance of indecision, releasing a web video early Saturday highlighting Trump’s frequent mixed signals and contradictory statements about where he was in the selection process.

‘Donald Trump. Always divisive. Not so decisive,’ read the ad’s tagline.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3693150/Political-outsider-Trump-introducing-insider-Mike-Pence.html#ixzz4EbPbqJNk

MIKE PENCE WOULD BE A TERRIBLE CHOICE FOR TRUMP’S VP

Governor of Indiana supports stealth amnesty, TPP, NAFTA

Donald Trump ‘selects Mike Pence as his running mate’

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Mike Pence CREDIT: AARON P BERNSTEIN/GETTY

Donald Trump selected Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate on Thursday, according to US media reports, in an apparent bid to unite the warring factions within Republican Party.

However, Mr Trump announced late on Thursday night he was delaying the formal announcement that had been planned for Friday morning because of the attacks in Nice.

Donald Trump Jr added to the confusion by telling NBC that Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house, and Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, were still under consideration.

It was later reported that Mr Trump had personally asked Mr Pence to serve in  the role, and that Mr Pence accepted.

Mr Pence, 57, is considered a safe choice, as a long-serving Republican official with close ties both to the party establishment and grassroots.

His relationship with the the candidate himself was, until recently, more rocky.

He called the property mogul’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US “offencive and unconstitutional”, before endorsing Ted Cruz in Indiana’s primary election.

Mr Pence quickly backed Mr Trump after that decisive contest, though, and his appeal is largely as a bridge between Trump-resistant Republicans and their unorthodox nominee.

Mr Pence met on Wednesday with Mr Trump and his children Don Jr and Ivanka, as well as Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner.

That meeting established his place on top of a vice-presidential shortlist that also included Mr Gingrich, Mr Christie, the New Jersey governor and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

Mr Gingrich, the apparent runner-up, used an unconventional metaphor to suggest that Mr Pence could make for a more responsible pick than he would.

“Do you really want a two pirate ticket?” he asked on Fox News, referring to Mr Trump and himself.

Mr Pence has a less swashbuckling approach to politics.

He built his reputation by opposing several Bush administration proposals on budgetary grounds, and was an early ally of the Tea Party.

He is also well respected by the likes of Paul Ryan, the speaker of the house, who recently called him a “personal friend” and a “movement conservative”.

Mr Pence has a low profile outside of Washington and his home state of Indiana.

He flubbed one of his few forays onto the national stage, giving a bumbling interview in defence of a law he signed which many claimed was discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Mr Pence could now take a more extended turn in the spotlight, as Mr Trump’s top ally during the four month battle for the White House.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/donald-trump-selects-mike-pence-as-his-running-mate/

Mike Pence

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Mike Pence
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50thGovernor of Indiana
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Lieutenant Sue Ellspermann(2013–16)
Eric Holcomb(2016–present)
Preceded by Mitch Daniels
Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Adam Putnam
Succeeded by Jeb Hensarling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana’s 6th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Dan Burton
Succeeded by Luke Messer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana’s 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by David McIntosh
Succeeded by Chris Chocola
Personal details
Born Michael Richard Pence
June 7, 1959 (age 57)
Columbus, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Pence (m. 1985–present)
Residence Governor’s Residence
Alma mater Hanover College
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Religion Evangelicalism[1]
Website Official website

Michael RichardMikePence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and attorney who is serving as the 50thGovernor of Indiana, having taken office in 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.[2] Pence is a longtime supporter of the Tea Party movement.[3][4]

Pence was mentioned as a possible candidate for President of the United States in 2008 and 2012.[5] In September 2010, Pence was the top choice for president in a straw poll conducted by the Values Voter Summit.[6][7]

On July 14, 2016, Donald Trump‘s campaign signaled that Pence would be Trump’s choice for running-mate in the 2016 election.[8]

Early life

Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, one of six children of Nancy Jane (née Cawley) and Edward J. Pence, Jr., who ran a string of gas stations.[9][10] His family were Irish Catholic Democrats.[1] He was named after his grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, a Chicago bus driver who came to the United States from Ireland through Ellis Island.[11]

Education

Pence graduated from Columbus North High School in 1977. He earned a B.A. in History from Hanover College in 1981 and a J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986. While at Hanover, Pence joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, serving as his chapter’s president.[12]

Career

After graduating from Hanover, Pence worked as an admissions counselor at the college from 1981 to 1983.[13] After graduating from law school in 1986, Pence worked as an attorney in private practice.[14] He continued to practice law following his second unsuccessful run for Congress. In 1991, he became the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a self-described free-marketthink tank and a member of the State Policy Network.[15]

Pence left the Indiana Policy Review Foundation in 1994, when he began a career in talk radio. He hosted The Mike Pence Show, which was based in WRCR-FM in Rushville. The show was syndicated by Network Indiana and aired weekdays 9 a.m. to noon (ET) on 18 stations throughout the state, including WIBC in Indianapolis.[16] From 1995 to 1999, Pence also hosted a weekend political talk show out of Indianapolis.[17][18]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

Pence ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1988 and 1990, losing to longtime Democratic incumbent Phil Sharp.[19]

In November 2000, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District after six-year incumbent David M. McIntosh (1995–2001) opted to run for governor of Indiana. The district (renumbered as the 6th District beginning in 2002) comprises all or portions of 19 counties in eastern Indiana. Pence was re-elected four more times by comfortable margins. In the 2006 House elections, he defeated DemocratBarry Welsh. In 2008, he was listed as one of the top ten legislators by Esquire magazine.[20]

Pence, as U.S. Congressman

On November 8, 2006, Pence announced his candidacy for leader of the Republican Party (minority leader) in the United States House of Representatives.[21] Pence’s release announcing his run for minority leader focused on a “return to the values” of the 1994 Republican Revolution.[22] On November 17, Pence lost to Representative John Boehner of Ohioby a vote of 168–27–1 (the one vote went to Representative Joe Barton of Texas).[23]

Pence defeated Reverend Barry Welsh in the 2008 House election. In January 2009, Pence was elected by his GOP colleagues to become the Republican Conference Chairman, the third-highest-ranking Republican leadership position. He ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. He was the first representative from Indiana to hold a House leadership position since 1981.[2]

In 2010, Pence was encouraged to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Evan Bayh.[24][25][26] According to Rasmussen polling done on January 21 and 24, 2010, Pence led Bayh by a three point margin.[27] On January 26, 2010, in an open letter to friends and supporters through his Facebook page, Pence announced his decision not to run for the Senate; he cited his role in the Republican leadership and the belief that Republicans would win back the House in 2010 as his reasons for staying in the House of Representatives.[28]

After the November 2010 election, Pence announced that he would not run for re-election as the Republican Conference Chairman.[29] On May 5, 2011, Pence announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana in 2012.[30][31]

Tenure

Pence served for a time as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans.

His Committee assignments in the U.S. House included: Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia (Vice Chair); Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution (Vice Chair), and Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.

While in Congress, Pence belonged to the Tea Party Caucus.[32] Pence also belonged to the Congressional Internet Caucus, International Conservation Caucus, and Sportsmen’s Caucus.[citation needed]

Economy

Pence was a co-sponsor of H.J.Res.73, a 2011 spending limit amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment would limit federal spending to “the average annual revenue collected in the three prior years, adjusted in proportion to changes in population and inflation.”[33]

Earmarks

Then-U.S. Congressman Pence (third from left) standing behind then-Governor Mitch Daniels at a press conference in Martinsville, Indiana

Pence was a supporter of earmark reform. He voted against the $139.7 billion transportation-treasury spending bill in June 2006, and in favor of a series of amendments proposed that same month by Jeff Flake that would strip other members’ earmarks from the federal budget. Pence, on occasion, secured earmark projects such as $500,000 for the ‘Transit Acquisition and Intermodal Facility Project’ in his state, as well as $250,000 for construction of a park in Portland. Pence secured earmarks for inclusion in a labor-health and human services 2007FY bill. This included $200,000 for both Ball State University’s Center for School Innovation in Muncie and to the Madison County Community Health Center in Anderson. Pence also secured $100,000 for Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus.[34]

Immigration laws

In June 2006, Pence unveiled a plan he describes as “no amnestyimmigration reform“, consisting of increased border security, followed by strict enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens, and a guest worker program. This guest worker program requires potential participants to apply from their home country to government-approved job placement agencies that match workers with employers who cannot find Americans for the job.[35] The plan received support from conservative leaders such as Dick Armey.[36]Pat Buchanan, writing at WorldNetDaily, described this as “stealth amnesty”, claiming that it is merely a “one week vacation” for illegal immigrants to return to their home country to apply for jobs under the program.[37] Conservatives Phyllis Schlafly and Tom Tancredo criticized Pence’s plan.[38][39]

Foreign policy

Pence supported the joint resolution authorizing military action against Iraq, otherwise known as the Iraq Resolution.[40] The resolution cited factors including Iraq’s noncompliance with the conditions of the 1991 ceasefire agreement, including interference with U.N. weapons inspectors, Iraq’s “brutal repression of its civilian population”, and Iraq’s hostility towards the United States as demonstrated by the 1993 assassination attempt on former President George H. W. Bush and firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones following the 1991 Gulf War as reasons for taking action.[41]

During the Iraq War, Pence opposed setting a public withdrawal date from Iraq. During an April 2007 visit to Baghdad, Pence and John McCain visited Shorja market, the site of a deadly attack in February 2007, that claimed the lives of 61 people. Pence and McCain described the visit as evidence that the security situation in Iraqi markets has improved.[42] The visit to the market took place under large security including helicopters overhead, and was criticized by The New York Times as giving a false indication of how secure the area was due to the extremely heavy security forces McCain brought with him.[43]

Pence has opposed closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and trying the suspected terrorists in the U.S.[44] Pence believes that “the Obama administration must overturn this wrongheaded decision”.[44] As an alternative, Pence has said that the “enemy combatants” should be tried in a military tribunal.[44]

Pence has stated his support of Israel and its right to attack facilities in Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons, has defended the actions of Israel in its use of deadly force in enforcing the blockade of Gaza, and has referred to Israel as “America’s most cherished ally”.[45] He visited Israel in 2014 to express his support, and in 2016 signed into law a bill which would ban Indiana from having any commercial dealings with a company that boycotts Israel.[46]

LGBT rights

In 2000, Pence stated “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic][47] as a ‘discreet [sic] and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” He called for “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organisations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus” and instead advocated that resources be directed towards conversion therapy programs.[48][49][50]

Pence has said that homosexuals should not serve in the military, saying “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion” and in 2010 stated that repealing Don’t ask, don’t tell would “have an impact on unit cohesion”.[51] Pence opposed the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, saying that Obama wanted to “advance a radical social agenda”[52]and said that pastors “could be charged or be subject to intimidation for simply expressing a Biblical worldview on the issue of homosexual behavior.”[53]

Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[54] While in the House, he said that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.”[55] He has advocated a constitutional same-sex marriage ban, but did not champion such a proposed ban for his first year as governor.[56]

Other

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coast, Pence favored offsetting the costs of the hurricane with $24 billion in other spending reductions.[57]

Pence is an advocate of federal restrictions of online gambling. In 2006, he and 34 others members of the House cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte–Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act,[58] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[59]

After the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012, Pence, in a closed door meeting, said that the ruling upholding the health care law was similar to the September 11 terrorist attacks.[60] He immediately apologized for making the statement.[61]

Governor of Indiana

2012 election

On May 5, 2011, Pence announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana in 2012.[62] Incumbent Republican Governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited. On November 6, 2012, Pence won the gubernatorial election,[63] defeating Democratic nominee John R. Gregg and Libertarian nominee Rupert Boneham.

Governor Mike Pence speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 27, 2015

Pence became the 50th Governor of Indiana on January 14, 2013.[citation needed]

2013–14

Pence made tax reform, namely a 10% income-tax rate cut, a priority for 2013.[64][65] While he did not get the 10% cut he advocated, Pence did accomplish his goal of cutting state taxes.[64] Legislators cut the income tax by 5% and also killed the inheritance tax.[64] Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said of the deal, “What we ended up doing was putting together a collective tax package that results in the largest tax cut in our state’s history, about $1.1 billion dollars.”[66]

On June 12, 2013, the Indiana legislature overturned Pence’s veto of a bill that would retroactively authorize a local tax. Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto in a 68–23 vote in the House and a 34–12 one in the Senate.[67] With an interesting twist, Republican legislators overwhelmingly voted against Pence, while most Democrats supported his veto.[68] The Jackson–Pulaski tax fix, one of three bills vetoed by the Governor during the session, addressed a 15-year-old county income tax which had been imposed to fund the construction of jail facilities with the stipulation that the tax be lowered by 1% after the first several years. The reduction was not implemented and thus county residents paid an additional 1% tax that they were legally not required to pay. The bill, which was passed by a huge majority of legislators and subsequently vetoed by Pence, allowed money to be kept and not returned to the tax payers as would have otherwise been necessary.[69]

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault, said that he “stands by [his] veto, and regret[s] that it was not upheld by the Indiana General Assembly today. While this bill contained some positive provisions, the Governor believes that when Hoosiers pay taxes that are not owed, they should be offered relief. Hoosiers can be assured that Governor Pence and his administration will continue to put taxpayers first.”[68]Republicans argued that the veto itself would be unfair for taxpayers as state tax payers had to make up the money spent on calculating refunds to the tax payers in Jackson and Pulaski Counties. The bill also included tax breaks and benefits for veterans and veteran families that many legislators were unwilling to see vetoed. “Sustaining this veto will be a tax increase on the innocent spouses of disabled (and) deceased veterans, a tax increase through no fault of their own”, said Republican District 7 State Senator Brandt Hershman. “Sustaining the veto will be a vote against the innocent taxpayers in Pulaski and Jackson counties who still regardless of our action here … have to fund a jail.”[68]

In June 2013, Pence was criticized for deleting comments of others posted on his official government Facebook page; he apologized.[70]

2015

Mike Pence at the 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis, 2015

On January 26, 2015 it was widely reported that Pence had planned to launch a state-run, taxpayer funded news service for Indiana.[71] The service, called “JustIN” was to be overseen by a former reporter for The Indianapolis Star, and would feature breaking news, stories written by press secretaries, and light features.[71] At the time, it was reported that the two employees who would run the news service would be paid a combined $100,000 yearly salary.[71] The target audience was small newspapers that had limited staff, but the site would also serve to communicate directly with the public. The idea was met with revulsion both by small Indiana newspapers, and by the national news media. The publisher of thePortland Commercial Review said, “I think it’s a ludicrous idea … the notion of elected officials presenting material that will inevitably have a pro-administration point of view is antithetical to the idea of an independent press.”[71] Many news stories compared the new JustIN service to state-run news agencies in Russia, China, and North Korea.[72] There was speculation that the news service would publish pro-administration stories that would make Pence look good in the event of a presidential run.[73]

It was especially surprising coming from Pence because of his history in radio, and his former role as a media advocate in Congress, when he supported shield laws protecting confidentiality of media sources, and opposed the Fairness Doctrine, which would have given the government more control over political speech.[74]The Atlantic regarded the announcement of JustIN as evidence of a disturbing changing trend in how the public gets news.[72] After a week or so of controversy about the idea, Pence scrapped the idea saying, “However well intentioned, after thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed, I am writing you to inform you that I have made a decision to terminate development of the JustIN website immediately.”[75]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Main article: Indiana SB 101

On March 26, 2015, Pence signed Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana “religious objections” bill (RFRA), into law.[76] The law’s signing was met with widespread criticism by people and groups who felt the law was carefully worded in a way that would permit discrimination against LGBT persons.[77][78][79][80] Such organizations as the NCAA, the gamer convention Gen Con, and the Disciples of Christ spoke out against the law. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff condemned the law, with Salesforce.com saying it would halt its plans to expand in the state.[81][82]Angie’s List announced that they would cancel a $40 million expansion of their Indianapolis based headquarters due to concerns over the law. The expansion would have moved 1000 jobs into the state. The mayors of San Francisco and Seattle banned official travel to Indiana.[83] Thousands protested against the policy.[77] Five GOP state representatives voted against the bill, and Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, criticized it as sending the “wrong signal” about the state.[84]

Pence repeatedly defended the law, stating that it was not about discrimination. In an appearance on the ABC News program This Week with George Stephanopoulos,[85] Pence stated, “We are not going to change this law”, while refusing to answer whether examples of discrimination against LGBT people given by Eric Miller of anti-LGBT group Advance America would be legal under the law.[86] Pence denied the law permitted discrimination and wrote in a March 31, 2015, Wall Street Journal op-ed, “If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it.”[87]

In the wake of the backlash against the RFRA, on April 2, 2015, Pence signed legislation revising the law to prevent potential discrimination.[88] Discrimination against LGBT individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodation remains legal, an issue that will be debated in the 2016 legislative session, and Pence has yet to endorse a proposed bill.[89]

Balanced Budget Amendment

As governor, Pence has pressed for a balanced budget amendment to the state’s constitution. He initially proposed the initiative in his State of the State address in January 2015. The legislation has passed the state Senate and is progressing through the House.[90]

Syrian refugees

As of March 2016, Pence has attempted unsuccessfully to prevent Syrian refugees from being resettled in Indiana.[91]

2016 re-election campaign

Pence is running for a second term as governor. He was unopposed in the May 3, 2016, Republican primary for governor. He faces Democrat John Gregg, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, in a rematch of the 2012 race.

According to multiple sources, as of early July 2016 Pence was one of several candidates being vetted by the Donald Trump presidential campaign to join the ticket as the Republican nominee for Vice President, and, on July 12, 2016, evidently was among Trump’s top three choices.[7] If Pence were picked for that position, he would be barred by Indiana law for running for another position (in this case, for governor) on the November ballot. Pence would be replaced by a selection made by the Indiana Republican State Central Committee. Indiana law mandates that candidate vacancies must be filled by July 15.[92] He is widely believed to be one of the two finalists on Donald Trump’s VP shortlist (the other is said to be Newt Gingrich). Early reports on July 14 suggest Pence is likely to be announced as the VP candidate on July 15.[93]

Vice presidential consideration

Pence endorsed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.[3]

The Donald Trump presidential campaign is considering Pence to be the Vice Presidential running mate along with other finalists, Governor Chris Christie and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. The Indianapolis Starreported July 14 that he will end his re-election campaign and accept the Republican Vice Presidential nomination.[94] This was widely reported on July 14, 2016. The formal announcement will be made on July 15, 2016, at 11 a.m.[95]

Personal life

Pence, and his wife, Karen, speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Pence and his wife Karen Pence, have been married since 1985. They have three children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Pence is a Christian. During his service in the U.S. House, the Pence family lived in Arlington, Virginia when Congress was in session.[citation needed]

Electoral history

U.S. House of Representatives

2000

Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District Election (2000)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 106,023 50.87
Democratic Robert Rock 80,885 38.81
Independent William “Bill” Frazier 19,077 9.15
Libertarian Michael Frazier 2,422 1.16

2002

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 118,436 63.79
Democratic Melina Ann Fox 63,871 34.40
Libertarian Doris Robertson 3,346 1.80
Total votes 185,653 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republicanhold

2004

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 182,529 67.09
Democratic Melina Ann Fox 85,123 31.29
Libertarian Chad (Wick) Roots 4,397 1.62
Total votes 272,049 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republicanhold

2006

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 52,188 86.13
Republican George Holland 8,406 13.87
Total votes 60,594 100.00
Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 115,266 60.01
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 76,812 39.99
Total votes 192,078 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republicanhold

2008

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 180,549 63.96
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 94,223 33.38
Libertarian George T. Holland 7,534 2.67
Total votes 282,306 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republicanhold

2010

Indiana’s 6th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence* 126,027 66.57
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 56,647 29.92
Libertarian Talmage “T.J.” Thompson, Jr. 6,635 3.51
Total votes 189,309 100.00
Voter turnout 41%
Republicanhold

As Governor of Indiana

2012

Republican Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012[96]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 554,412 100
Total votes 554,412 100
2012 Indiana gubernatorial election[97]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 1,264,877 49.62% -8.22%
Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 1,183,213 46.42% +6.38%
Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 101,028 3.96% +1.84%
No party Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish (write-in) 34 0%
Margin of victory 81,664 3.20% -14.61%
Turnout 2,549,152 57.81% -2.08%
Republicanhold Swing

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Defiant Turks prepare for a fresh uprising after 250 are killed: Brave civilians take to the streets again after seeing off a failed military coup, dragging cowering soldiers from their tanks and beating them in the streets

  • Civilians reclaimed Turkey from their own military after helping to end coup to overthrow ruling President Erdogan
  • Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers and laid in front of tanks in an effort to take back control of country
  • Some 104 plotters were killed, while 160 people – at least 41 of them police officers and 47 civilians – fell as ‘martyrs’
  • Erdogan has told civilians to ‘keep on owning the streets’ over fears that renewed military action could flare up
  • At least 1,500 are wounded in the bloody uprising as Erdogan supporters clashed with the military rebels on Friday 

Defiant Turkish civilians reclaimed the country from their own military after helping to end a coup by the army to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called on people to remain on the streets today over fears over a fresh uprising.

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country, ignoring a curfew issued by coup plotters designed to allow the army to bring down the government unopposed.

President Erdogan called on people to take to the streets, leading to reports of groups of soldiers surrendering at several key locations in Ankara and Istanbul, including Bosphorus Bridge, where 100 rebels laid down their arms and submitted themselves to advancing civilians and police officers.

There were unconfirmed reports of one soldier being beheaded by a mob of civilians on the bridge after a video surfaced online showing a crowd launching an attack on the downed man. However in the video the man is still alive and shows no beheading, though it is unknown if this happened after the footage ended.

This morning the President used Twitter to call on supporters to prevent any additional military action, adding: ‘We should keep on owning the streets no matter at what stage because a new flare-up could take place at any moment.’

Some 104 plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, while 160 people – at least 41 of them police and 47 civilians – fell as ‘martyrs’.

Throughout the night, supporters of Erdogan threw themselves in front of tanks at key landmarks to prevent the military from maintaining a stranglehold on the country, notably outside Ataturk airport in Istanbul, where some civilians lodged themselves under the wheels of tanks to stop them from advancing.

More than 2,800 rebels have been detained after their failed military coup that killed at least 250 and wounded more than 1,500, with Erdogan vowing revenge for the bloody uprising.

A civilian punches a Turkish soldier who took part in the failed military coup as he is led away by police having surrendered

A civilian punches a Turkish soldier who took part in the failed military coup as he is led away by police having surrendered

Thousands of supporters of President Recep Erdogan congregated in Istanbul awaiting for him to address a major rally 

Supporters of President Recep Erdogan clashed with journalists near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara following the coup

Supporters of President Recep Erdogan clashed with journalists near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara following the coup

The President used Twitter to call on supporters to prevent any additional military action, adding: 'We should keep on owning the streets no matter at what stage because a new flare-up could take place at any moment'

The President used Twitter to call on supporters to prevent any additional military action, adding: ‘We should keep on owning the streets no matter at what stage because a new flare-up could take place at any moment’

Thousands of people congregated outside the parliament building in Ankara as a crisis meeting was held to discuss the attempted coup

Thousands of people congregated outside the parliament building in Ankara as a crisis meeting was held to discuss the attempted coup

Turkish Prime Minsiter Binali Yildirim briefed politicians on the attempted coup in the national parliament in Ankara 

Turkish Prime Minsiter Binali Yildirim briefed politicians on the attempted coup in the national parliament in Ankara

Senior members of the judiciary and chief of the military chief of staff General Hulusi Akar, centre, attended the emergency meeting 

Senior members of the judiciary and chief of the military chief of staff General Hulusi Akar, centre, attended the emergency meeting

A relative of polie officer Nedip Cengiz Eker clings to his coffin during his funeral in Marmaris, Turkey following last night's coup attempt

A relative of polie officer Nedip Cengiz Eker clings to his coffin during his funeral in Marmaris, Turkey following last night’s coup attempt

Eker received a guard of honour from the Turkish navy and military who remained loyal to president Recep Erdogan last night 

Eker received a guard of honour from the Turkish navy and military who remained loyal to president Recep Erdogan last night

President Erdogan has described those who died protecting his government as martyrs while branding the insurgents as traitors 

President Erdogan has described those who died protecting his government as martyrs while branding the insurgents as traitors

Hundreds of Turks have taken to the streets to ensure no fresh coup could take place after last night's uprising was defeated

Hundreds of Turks have taken to the streets to ensure no fresh coup could take place after last night’s uprising was defeated

A soldier cowers as he is confronted by plain-clothes police officers and civilians after the military surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge

People wave national flags as they march from Kizilay square to Turkish General Staff building to react against military coup attempt

People wave national flags as they march from Kizilay square to Turkish General Staff building to react against military coup attempt

A young girl joins police officers loyal to President Erdogan atop a tank abandoned by military personnel who surrendered

A young girl joins police officers loyal to President Erdogan atop a tank abandoned by military personnel who surrendered

More than 2,800 rebels have been detained after their failed military coup that killed at least 250 as Turkish President Erdogan vows revenge for the bloody uprising (pictured: Up to 100 rebel soldiers surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge after their failed uprising)

More than 2,800 rebels have been detained after their failed military coup that killed at least 250 as Turkish President Erdogan vows revenge for the bloody uprising (pictured: Up to 100 rebel soldiers surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge after their failed uprising)

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country, ignoring a curfew issued by coup plotters designed to allow the army to bring down the government unopposed

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country, ignoring a curfew issued by coup plotters designed to allow the army to bring down the government unopposed

There were unconfirmed reports of one soldier being beheaded by a mob of civilians on the bridge after a video surfaced online showing a crowd launching an attack on the downed man

However in the video the man is still alive and shows no beheading, though it is unknown if this happened after the footage ended

There were unconfirmed reports of one soldier being beheaded by a mob of civilians on the bridge after a video surfaced online showing a crowd launching an attack on the downed man. However in the video the man is still alive and shows no beheading, though it is unknown if this happened after the footage ended

People wave Turkish flags as they stand around the Republic Monument in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey

People wave Turkish flags as they stand around the Republic Monument in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey

Men wave flags as they stand on tanks as people walk on the Bosphorus Bridge after taking over the military position in Istanbul

Men wave flags as they stand on tanks as people walk on the Bosphorus Bridge after taking over the military position in Istanbul

A Turkish civilian whips soldiers with his belt after they surrendered to police on Bosphorus Bridge, a strategic landmark which was seized by the army during the coup

A Turkish civilian whips soldiers with his belt after they surrendered to police on Bosphorus Bridge, a strategic landmark which was seized by the army during the coup

People climb on tanks after around a hundred soldiers occupying Bosphorus Bridge surrendered in Istanbul, Turkey

People climb on tanks after around a hundred soldiers occupying Bosphorus Bridge surrendered in Istanbul, Turkey

The President made his triumphant return back to Istanbul after his forces quelled the coup on Friday evening, as he warned that the members of the military behind the plot to oust him would pay a ‘heavy price for their treason’.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that, while the death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004, the country may consider legal changes to deter any such coup happening again.

The Greek police ministry said a Turkish military helicopter landed in Greece this morning and eight men on board, thought to be senior coup plotters, have requested political asylum. Turkey has asked for the men, made up of seven soldiers and one civilian, to be extradited back to the country.

The rebel army faction – who call themselves the ‘Peace Council’ – said they were trying to overthrow the government to ‘protect human rights’ and restore democracy from Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, AKP, which has repeatedly faced criticism from human rights groups and Western allies over its brutal crackdowns on anti-government protesters.

However, Erdogan has blamed his old scapegoat, Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the uprising. Muslim cleric Gulen, the president’s rival who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, U.S. as the head of a billion dollar religious movement, has often been blamed for political unrest in Turkey.

One bloodied soldier cowered underneath a coach as a mob started beating him on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge 

One bloodied soldier cowered underneath a coach as a mob started beating him on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge

The five hours of chaos began when two busloads of soldiers burst into the headquarters of the state-run TRT news agency, taking news off the air and replacing it with a stream of weather forecasts.

After launching the coup, the Turkish military imposed a curfew on civilians telling them to stay in their homes, but Erdogan called on supporters to ignore the order and take to the streets, which is thought to have caused the army to relinquish control.

Turkey’s top general Hulusi Akar was taken hostage at the military headquarters in the capital Ankara after an attempt to bring down the government, but was rescued during the night.

One military official, Navy Fleet Commander Admiral Veysel Kosele, is currently unaccounted for and it is unknown whether or not he was part of the coup against President Erdogan.

Turkey’s state-run news agency said five warships which reportedly set sail during the attempted coup have returned to their military port in northwest Turkey, but it is unclear whether or not the Admiral was abroad one of the ships.

After the uprising was crushed in the early hours of Saturday morning, Erdogan told the gathered masses at Ataturk Airport that those loyal to Gulen had ‘penetrated the Armed Forces and the police, among other government agencies, over the past 40 years’.

‘What is being perpetrated is a rebellion and a treason,’ Erdogan said. ‘They will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.’

Bloodied soldier surrounded by civilians on Bosphorus bridge

Soldiers, who surrendered following the defeat of last night's attempted coup, are loaded onto a bus following their arrest by police officers and civilians

Soldiers, who surrendered following the defeat of last night’s attempted coup, are loaded onto a bus following their arrest by police officers and civilians

A man lays down in front of a tank on the approach to Ataturk airport in Istanbul as citizens took to the streets to oppose the military coup

A man lays down in front of a tank on the approach to Ataturk airport in Istanbul as citizens took to the streets to oppose the military coup

Civilians launch an attack on an armoured police car carrying Turkish soldiers who participated in the coup against President Erdogan

Civilians launch an attack on an armoured police car carrying Turkish soldiers who participated in the coup against President Erdogan

People celebrate on an abandoned military tank after they took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul

People celebrate on an abandoned military tank after they took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul

Coup attempt soldiers’ clothes lie abandoned on bridge

People shout at the soliders involved in the coup attempt who have surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge following their surrender

People shout at the soliders involved in the coup attempt who have surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge following their surrender

A soldier lies dead underneath rubble following the defeat of a military coup by Turkey's army to overthrow President Erdogan

A soldier lies dead underneath rubble following the defeat of a military coup by Turkey’s army to overthrow President Erdogan

Police officers arrest a soldier after he was attacked by a mob of civilians following the surrender of 100 rebels on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Police officers arrest a soldier after he was attacked by a mob of civilians following the surrender of 100 rebels on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Up to 100 rebel soldiers surrendered on Bosphorus Bridge after their failed uprising. At least 2,863 connected have been arrested in connection with the dramatic coup which lasted approximately five hours.

New British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter that he has spoken to Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu following the attempted military coup, adding: ‘I underlined UK support for the democratic elected government and institutions.’

Explosions and gunfire erupted in Istanbul and Ankara on Friday night during the coup which killed at least 250 people in the army’s bid to overthrow the Islamic government.

Elsewhere troops opened fire on civilians attempting to cross the river Bosporus in Istanbul in protest to the military coup, while a bomb exploded at the parliament building according to the state’s press agency as the security situation in the country becomes more perilous.

Colonel Muharrem Kose reportedly led the Turkish military forces in the uprising.

Kose had recently been kicked out of the army, from his position as head of the military’s legal advisory department, over his links to Gulen. He was killed during the clashes with Erdogan’s supporters, sources report.

Civilians take cover outside the building of the General Staff, the final landmark still held by coup plotters who are in the process of surrendering to police officers

Civilians take cover outside the building of the General Staff, the final landmark still held by coup plotters who are in the process of surrendering to police officers

A Turkish policeman and other people stand atop of a military vehicle in Ankara after crushing the rebellion

A Turkish policeman and other people stand atop of a military vehicle in Ankara after crushing the rebellion

Clothes and weapons beloging to soldiers involved in the coup attempt that have now surrendered lie on the ground abandoned on Bosphorus Bridge

Clothes and weapons beloging to soldiers involved in the coup attempt that have now surrendered lie on the ground abandoned on Bosphorus Bridge

The man then stood up and took off his shirt in an effort the present the tank from taking position in the airport 

The man then stood up and took off his shirt in an effort the present the tank from taking position in the airport

The police siege around the building of the General Staff, thought to be the final landmark held by coup plotters who are in the process of negotiating their surrender

The police siege around the building of the General Staff, thought to be the final landmark held by coup plotters who are in the process of negotiating their surrender

As military took to the streets, Erdogan had urged his supporters to ignore a curfew and take back control of the country.

Tanks and armoured personnel carriers tried to seize strategic points in Istanbul and Ankara but were faced down by unarmed civilians who lay down in front of the heavy armour.

Police special forces headquarters was also hit and was razed to the ground. Other witnesses reported attack helicopters firing machine guns in the capital Ankara in a bid to depose the Islamic government.

There were also reports that a Turkish Air Force F-16 had shot down a Sikorsky helicopter over Ankara. The government claimed the jet destroyed the helicopter which had been ‘hijacked by coup plotters’.

In Takism square, around 30 rebel soldiers surrendered following a gun battle with police loyal to Erdogan. A number of F-16 fighter jets had screamed across the square at low level blasting the area with a sonic boom.

During the night, both the civilian government and the military claimed they were in control of the country, with reports of sporadic gunfire and explosions.

In a statement, the army faction said that they took action ‘to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated’.

The Turkish military has also long seen its role as safeguarding Turkey’s secularist agenda, and has staged numerous coup’s over the last 60 years when it feels the government’s stance is moving too far away from that.

Civilians help police officers to arrest soldiers at Taksim Square in Istanbul after ordinary Turks helped to stop the attempted coup

Civilians help police officers to arrest soldiers at Taksim Square in Istanbul after ordinary Turks helped to stop the attempted coup

People gather for celebration around Turkish police officers, loyal to the government, standing atop tanks abandoned by Turkish army officers

People gather for celebration around Turkish police officers, loyal to the government, standing atop tanks abandoned by Turkish army officers

Turkish soldiers surrender on Bosporus bridge in Istanbul
Defiant citizens block tanks as Turkish military launch coup

Meanwhile, Erdogan made it clear he believes rival Gulen is behind the attack.

Gulen’s nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Shared Values, denies any involvement and condemned the actions of the Turkish military.

Gulen, 75, was initially a close ally of Erdogan, who rose from the mayor of Istanbul to prime minister before he became president in 2014.

But the two fell out over a massive corruption scandal in 2013 that cost the country $100billion in a campaign thought to be initiated by Gulen’s followers against Erdogan’s closest allies.

Trained as an imam, Fethullah Gulen gained notice in Turkey some 50 years ago, promoting a philosophy that blended a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.

Erdogan has long accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from a gated 26-acre compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, which has a population of about 1,100.

The President, who was on vacation in the resort town of Marmaris when the coup began, issued a statement to CNN tonight referring to a ‘parallel structure’ behind the coup, a reference to Gulen’s followers.

Supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan ambush a tank as it attempts to seize ground in Turkey's capital city of Ankara

Supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan ambush a tank as it attempts to seize ground in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara

One man throws himself onto the front of a moving tank. Supporters played a key role in stopping the military from taking control

One man throws himself onto the front of a moving tank. Supporters played a key role in stopping the military from taking control

Turkish civilians throw a tarpaulin over a tank to stop it from seizing control of key locations in Ankara 

Pictured, men shout at soldiers in tanks on the streets of Ankara

Pictured, an angry

Pictured: Groups of protesters take to the streets of Ankara and face down soldiers rolling through the city in tanks

Turkey coup: In a country once dominated by generals, the army sees itself as the guardian of the country’s secular constitution

Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge
Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge CREDIT: REUTERS

 

The army seals off key bridges across the Bosphorus; jet fighters scream low over Ankara. Whatever the outcome of the sudden turmoil in Turkey, one fact is certain: the generals have been at loggerheads with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the moment that he came to power almost 14 years ago.

Turkey Coup: Soldiers surrender on Bosphorus bridge in IstanbulPlay!01:13

Sometimes the struggle has been veiled; last night it appeared to spill onto the streets. But in a country once dominated by generals, the army sees itself as the guardian of Turkey’s secular constitution. Many officers regarded Mr Erdogan’s brand of Islamism – although relatively mild by regional standards – as a direct threat to the republic created by Kemal Ataturk in 1923.

If the army has succeeded in taking power, the generals will have acted because their patience with Mr Erdogan finally cracked.

There will also be a desire for revenge. Since he was first elected as prime minister in 2002, Mr Erdogan has conducted purges of the army high command. In 2003 and again in 2004, he accused senior officers of plotting a coup and placed hundreds on trial in the so-called “sledgehammer” cases.

One of Mr Erdogan’s consuming projects has been to thrust aside the generals and assert civilian control over the armed forces. As such, he was once cheered on by Turkey’s liberal modernisers.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to media in the resort town of Marmaris, Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to media in the resort town of Marmaris as military forces attempted a coup d’etat to overthrow the Turkish president CREDIT: REUTERS

But Mr Erdogan’s Islamist sympathies, along with his desire to rewrite the constitution in order to create an all-powerful imperial presidency tailored solely for himself, have alienated many supporters.

By marginalising the generals and accumulating more power for himself, Mr Erdogan has upset the delicate balance at the heart of the Turkish state.

Yet a coup would still come as a surprise. Turkey has experienced three successful military takeovers since 1960, but the last one occurred as long ago as 1980. Although there have been plenty of rumours of plots – and Mr Erdogan’s mass trials of military officers in the early years of his rule – most experts had assumed that he was firmly in control.

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Instead, the evidence of last night suggested that the generals were waiting for the moment to strike. Mr Erdogan is believed to be away from Ankara on holiday, creating the classic opportunity for a coup. What remains in doubt is the final outcome of this titanic struggle between the autocratic president and his generals.

1960

An almost bloodless military coup was led by officers and cadets from the Istanbul and Ankara war colleges. The next day, the commander of land forces, General Cemal Gursel, demanded political reforms and resigned when his demands were refused. The leaders established a 38-member National Unity Committee with Gursel as chairman. Of 601 people tried, 464 were found guilty.

1971

The “Coup by Memorandum”. The military delivered a warning to the government to restore order after months of strikes and street fighting between leftists and nationalists. Some months later, Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel stepped down and a coalition of conservative politicians and technocrats set to restore order under the supervision of the military. Martial law was established in several provinces and not completely lifted until September 1973.

1980

On Sept. 12, the senior command of the army led by General Kenan Evren, carried out a coup. The action followed a resurgence of street fighting between leftists and nationalists. Leading politicians were arrested, and parliament, political parties, and trade unions were dissolved. A five-member National Security Council took control, suspending the constitution and implementing a provisional constitution that gave almost unlimited power to military commanders.

1997

The “Post-Modern Coup”: On June 18, Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, denounced by opponents as a danger to the country’s secular order, stepped down under pressure from the military, business, the judiciary and fellow politicians. The generals saw themselves compelled to act to defend the secular state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

2007

The shadowy Ergenekon group first came to light when a cache of explosives was discovered in a police raid on an Istanbul house. Eventually hundreds of people went on trial for an alleged coup attempt against then-prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, and 275 officers, journalists, lawyers and more were found guilty. The verdicts were all overturned in 2016 after the appeals court ruled a network called Ergenekon was not proven to exist.

2010

A newspaper revealed a secularist coup plot, dubbed Sledgehammer, that reportedly dated back to 2003, aimed at fomenting social chaos to topple Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party. In 2012, a court jailed 300 of the 365 defendants. Two years later, almost all of those convicted were freed after the Constitutional Court ruled their rights had been violated. Again, Gulen’s followers were blamed for the case, which they deny.

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AP EXPLAINS: THE CLERIC BEING BLAMED FOR TURKEY COUP ATTEMPT

A lawyer for the Turkish government, Robert Amsterdam, said that “there are indications of direct involvement” in the coup attempt by Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania. He said he and his firm “have attempted repeatedly to warn the U.S. government of the threat posed” by Gulen and his movement. According to Turkish intelligence sources, he said, “there are signs that Gulen is working closely with certain members of military leadership against the elected civilian government.”

The president of a group that promotes Gulen’s ideas, the New York-based Alliance for Shared Values, denied the charges. Y. Alp Aslandogan told The Associated Press “we categorically deny such accusations and find them to be highly irresponsible.” Earlier in the evening, the alliance said, “we condemn any military intervention in (the) domestic politics of Turkey.”

Some background on Gulen:

WHO IS FETHULLAH GULEN?

Trained as an imam, or prayer leader, Fethullah Gulen gained notice in Turkey some 50 years ago, promoting a philosophy that blended a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue. Supporters started 1,000 schools in more than 100 countries, including about 150 taxpayer-funded charter schools throughout the U.S. In Turkey, they have run universities, hospitals, charities, a bank and a large media empire with newspapers and radio and TV stations.

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from a gated 26-acre compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Gulen is rarely seen in public and has been put on trial in absentia at least three times.

WHY NOT DEPORT HIM?

The U.S. has shown little inclination to send Gulen back to Turkey. The Justice Department has declined to comment on Gulen’s case. In an interview with the AP early this year, Aslandogan, of the Alliance for Shared Values, said: “(Gulen) said that the United States has a long tradition of democracy and rule of law. … They will see that these are politically oriented charges, and they will not allow Erdogan to spread his ambition into the United States.”

WHAT’S THE STATUS OF LEGAL CLAIMS AGAINST GULEN IN THE U.S.?

Last month, a lawyer representing the Turkish government said he would continue exposing Gulen’s “unlawful conduct” one day after a federal judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, dismissed his lawsuit against the cleric. “Despite the outcome of this ruling, a very clear message has been sent to Gulen and his co-conspirators in the Poconos: the days of impunity are numbered, and your unlawful conduct will be brought to light,” lawyer Robert Amsterdam said. The suit contended Gulen ordered sympathetic police, prosecutors and judges in Turkey to target members of a rival spiritual movement critical of his teachings. U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani ruled the claims did not belong in U.S. courts.

WHAT ABOUT THE SCHOOLS?

Some of the U.S. schools have been investigated by the FBI amid allegations of financial mismanagement and visa fraud. One of the most explosive claims is that the schools are importing Turkish teachers to identify impressionable students and indoctrinate them into Gulen’s movement, sometimes called Hizmet, Turkish for “service.” In May, a complaint filed with Texas education officials accused a network of charter schools associated with the Gulen movement of abusing a visa program to import large numbers of Turkish teachers and violating state and federal laws by paying them more than American teachers.

The complaint also asserted that the network, Harmony Public Schools, skirts competitive bidding rules to award contracts to Turkish vendors. Harmony has denounced the complaint as politically motivated and without merit.

WHAT’S THE RESPONSE TO THE LATEST ALLEGATIONS?

In a statement Friday, the Alliance for Shared Values said: “For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy. We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics. These are core values of Hizmet participants. We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey. Events on the ground are moving quickly and it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on them. We remain concerned about the safety and security of Turkish citizens and those in Turkey right now. Comments by pro-Erdogan circles about the movement are highly irresponsible.”

WHAT ARE GULEN’S DAYS LIKE?

An AP reporter was given a tour of Gulen’s Pennsylvania compound this year but was unable to see or interview him. He spends hours a day in prayer and meditation and goes out rarely, mostly to see doctors for ailments that include heart disease and diabetes, according to Aslandogan. Gulen’s living quarters are lined with books on shelves that also hold jars filled with soil from various regions of Turkey.

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How the Turkish government regained control after a failed military coup

By The Washington Post

On Saturday, the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan successfully suppressed an attempted coup by Turkish military officials. The rebellious faction of the military attacked government institutions and clashed with police and Erdogan-supporting civilians in the streets, killing 265 people including 100 coup plotters. 2,800 members of the Turkish military have been arrested.

Clothes, weapons and tanks are abandoned on the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul. (Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

Ten members of Turkey’s highest administrative court have been detained, apparently for their alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic scholar living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. The rebellious officers were Gulen’s followers, according to Erdogan, who blames Gulen for the attempted coup. Arrest warrants have also been issued for nearly 200 other court members, according to Turkey’s state-run news agency.

[ Fethullah Gulen: The Islamic scholar Turkey blames for the failed coup]

How Friday’s events unfolded

Turkish airspace was closed as armed helicopters fired on government buildings. The military swarmed offices of several major media organizations including CNN Turk, which went off the air.

[ Turkey’s increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers]

Members of Turkey’s military have overrun the offices of several major media organizations, including CNN Turk, which went off air. Turkey’s military launched a coup against the elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting off a violent struggle between the nation’s military and civilian leaders. (CNN Turk)

What happened in Istanbul and Ankara

Armored tanks were deployed across key areas of both cities. More than 100 plotters were killed during the coup attempt, along with at least 161 civilians and police as they battled military renegade factions for control of other state buildings. A lawmaker died in Ankara, the Turkish capital, when the parliament was bombed by a helicopter. A senior Turkish official said an F-16 jet shot down a helicopter that had been hijacked by coup leaders. More than 1,400 others were wounded.

Turkish politician Ayse Sula Koseoglu was broadcasting live on Periscope the moment a blast rocked the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara in the early hours of July 16. (Periscope/aysesula)

In Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where government supporters had gathered, police and military exchanged fire and a loud explosion was reported.

The city’s Bosporus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were closed by the military. Erdogan flew from Marmaris, where he was vacationing, to Ataturk Airport. The airport had been briefly taken over, but thousands of Erdogan supporters gathered to oust the coup participants.

Turkey’s government defeated the coup attempt, reasserting control Saturday after hours of chaos and clashes. By early afternoon, the two bridges were reopened and traffic began to move again on the streets that were filled with gunfire, explosions and violent confrontations overnight.

Turkish soldiers and supporters of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. (Emrah Gurel/AP)

People carry a man shot during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

What this means for the U.S.

The coup attempt has further destabilized Turkey, a member of NATO and one of the few U.S. allies in the Middle East. The country is already at war with Kurdish militants and is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. Turkey allows U.S. forces to use Incirlik Air Base to stage bombing raids in Syria, and Pentagon officials said it is not clear how the coup will affect U.S. operations. Turkey is an important partner of the European Union as well.

Total active military personnel in 2015, in thousands

Turkish government sees broad international support

The Turkish military has long been seen as the guarantor of democracy in Turkey, reigning in overreaches by Erdogan, who critics say had grown increasingly authoritarian. Yet following last night’s attempted coup, numerous countries’ and international organizations’ officials voiced support for the sitting Turkish government, condemning the uprising. You can see many of their statements below.

United States

President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry — “The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed,” according to a statement released by the White House.

NATO

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg — He welcomed “the strong support shown by the people and all political parties to democracy and to the democratically elected gov of Turkey.”

European Union

European Council President Donald Tusk — “The EU fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law.”

Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel — “The democratic order in Turkey must be respected and all must be done to protect lives,” according to a tweet from Merkel’s spokesman.

United Kingdom

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — He said he was “very concerned about the situation unfolding.”

France

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault — “The Turkish population showed its maturity and courage by committing to the respect of its institutions. It paid the price with many victims. … Democracy will emerge strengthened.”

Russia

Foreign Ministry — “The aggravating political situation against the backdrop of existing terrorist threats in this country and an armed conflict in the region pose increased danger to international and regional stability.”

Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — “Canada supports the preservation of Turkish democracy, and condemns any attempt to subvert Turkey’s democratic institutions by force of arms.”

Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — He is “deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey. Stability, democracy and safety of Turkish people are paramount,” he said in a tweet. “Turkish people’s brave defense of democracy and their elected government proves that coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail.”

Saudi Arabia

An unnamed official — “The source expressed the kingdom’s welcome that things are returned to normal led by his Excellency President Tayyip Erdogan and his elected government and in line with the constitutional legitimacy and the will of the Turkish people,” according to the state news service.

Israel

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon — “Israel respects the democratic process in Turkey and looks forward to the continuation of the reconciliation process between Turkey and Israel.”

Qatar

Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani — He “congratulated [Erdogan] on the support of the people of Turkey on his rule against the failed military coup,” according to the state news agency.

Gaza

Islamist Hamas rulers — They “condemned the failed coup attempt” and “congratulated the people and the Turkish leadership for successfully protecting democracy.”

A history of military coups

The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923. Led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the country’s first president, leaders began changes to promote a secular government and society. Traditional religious schools were closed. Fez hats for men were outlawed and veils for women discouraged. Language moved to a new, Latin-based alphabet. A provision making Islam the official religion was removed from the constitution.

From the republic’s beginning, military leaders saw their role as protecting Turkey from threats from outside and from within the country. That view, civil unrest, economic crisis and the rise of Islamist politics collided in a series of coups starting in the mid 20th century.

[ Turkey’s Erdogan always feared a coup. He was proved right.]

Second Republic

Years of growing polarization led to violent protests. The military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, and he was executed. A new constitution created the country’s second republic.

Coup by memorandum

With Turkey gripped by widespread strikes, political violence and terrorism, military leaders warned that they were ready to take over the government, and the government resigned.

The third coup

Violence, food and fuel shortages and government gridlock raised the specter of civil war. Armed forces seized control with no resistance, but persecution of the left and suspension of liberties ensued.

Soft coup

Military leaders warned the government of the consequences of tilting toward Islamist policies. The coalition government, which included an Islamist party, stepped down.

Republic of Turkey is founded

 

 

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