The Turkish air force is engaged in an uphill struggle to rebuild following the July 15 failed coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hundreds of air force officers were detained or purged from the ranks over their apparent role in the putsch, allegedly led by former air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk and spearheaded from Akinci air base near Ankara. F-16s from the base attacked Istanbul and Ankara, bombing the parliament building and police headquarters and ...

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