Members of Turkey's armed forces attempted to take control of the country on Friday, July 15, 2016, as explosions, gunfire and a reported air battle between loyalist forces and coup supporters erupted in the capital. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained defiant, promising to make the people participating in the coup "pay for this in the harshest way." As Friday night turned into Saturday morning, the situation devolved into chaos in parts of the country as military elements and Erdogan's supporters jockeyed for control of the country.
Editor's note: this gallery contains images of violence which may disturb some viewers. Also, viewers should note that some images appear from Turkey's state-run photo agency, Anadolu Agency.