>> A failed coup and an opportunity to consolidate power. The Turkish president, whose fate was in the balance as rebel soldiers tried to topple him on Friday, has triumphed against his enemies.>>
> But Reuters Turkey bureau chief Nick Tattersall says Erdogan's success could further damage an already polarized nation.
>> What we're seeing is a wide crackdown on the purported masterminds behind the coup. The government accuses members of the Gullen network, within the military within the judiciary, of having organized this plot.>> And they're now going after suspected members of the Gullen movements in bodies, state institutions across the spectrum.
Not only the police, not only the armed forces, but also civil servants from ministries including the environment ministry, the sports ministry. We've seen suspensions of academics, we've seen teachers, thousands of teachers in private schools having their licenses revoked. So the concern now is that this crackdown is going to fuel Erdogan's opponents, fuel offensive resentment among them.
fore this attempted coup, Turkey was facing very serious security threats, not only from Islamic State, but also from Kurdish insurgents. The concern now is that the security apparatus is turning in on itself, it's trying to purge itself of suspected coup plotters, of suspected members of the Gullenist movement believed to have been linked to this.
The government insists that it is still able to maintain security across the country. It points out that Turkey's armed forces are vast, the second biggest in the NATO military alliance. And that although the numbers of soldiers being rounded up and the number of soldiers thought to have been involved in this coup appear quite large, numbering several thousand.
In fact, in the overall scheme of things, they don't account for that much of the overall size of Turkey's military forces, and that therefore the country is still safe.