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Turkey's government reasserts control, detains more than 2,800 military members

Turkey's government said July 16that it has regained control of the country after an by military personnelleft more than 250 people dead, according to various media reports.

Moredetails about the coup plotters are yet to emerge, but Turkish officials say atleast 104 were killed. At least 1,440 were wounded, various media outlets say.

PrimeMinister Binali Yildirim said more than 2,800 members of the military have beenarrested as part of a probe into the failed takeover, according to The Wall Street Journal.

CNNreported that some 200 Turkish court officials have been taken into custody,and The Washington Post reported morethan 2,700 judges were removed from duty on suspicion they are linked toFethullah Gulen, an opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who isliving in the U.S. Erdogan had been vacationing on the Aegean Sea when the coupattempt was launched, but later appeared at Istanbul's airport.

Theairspace around Turkey's Incirlik air base, used by the U.S. military to launchairstrikes into Iraq and Syria, has been closed until further notice, accordingto CNN.

Meanwhile,Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said eight coup plotters have landedin Greece seeking political asylum; to which Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu tweeted that the country has "requested the immediate surrenderof eight heinous soldiers who escaped to Greece with a helicopter."

Greeceis, however, mulling the asylum request, CNN reported.