President Obama pledges U.S. cooperation with Turkey

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge on Friday, July 15, 2016, lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of Thursday's attack in Nice, France. A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt," when asked if there was a coup. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – President Barack Obama is pledging U.S. cooperation with the Turkish government to help maintain safety after the failed coup attempt.

In a statement, the White House says Obama received a morning briefing from national security advisers about the situation in Turkey. The White House says there are no indications that any Americans were killed or injured in the violence. Obama stressed the need for the democratically elected government “to act within the rule of law” and avoid actions leading to further instability.

Obama has instructed his team to continue working with the Turkish government to maintain the safety of diplomatic personnel and U.S. service members.

Obama has emphasized Turkey’s role in joint U.S. efforts against terrorism and reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for the Turkish government.

Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim says at least 161 people have been killed as the country fought to overcome a military coup attempt.

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