>> A night of gunfire and explosions in Turkey's key cities as an attempted military coup seemed to fall apart within hours. Turkish military who tried to orchestrate the takeover, and the government of President, Talib Adjuran, were both claiming control early Saturday and the hours long struggle not without casualties.
Senior Turkish officials saying 42 people were killed, most of them civilians. One place plotters of the coup had failed to secure, Istanbul's Ataturk airport. Erdogan emerging among a crowd of supporters there before dawn Saturday. He'd been vacationing on the coast when the coup took place. Earlier, Erdogan, speaking to a CNN Turk reporter on FaceTime, urged people to take to the streets to protest the attempted coup, and they did, clogging major roads and surrounding military vehicles.
The West and the US watched nervously as the coup threatened to destabilize a key ally in the region. Reuters editor, Mark Hosenball.>> Turkey's incredibly important because, number one, they're very important
] in American military bases here. It's the stepping stone to the main battlefield in the region which is the Islamic state versus everybody else in Syria and Iraq.
It's a staging post for US and allied forces to conduct their operations against Islamic State.>> At a news conference arranged on his return, Erdogan called the uprising an act of treason and said those responsible would pay a heavy price.