A U.S. service member has been released after being detained at the Istanbul airport over allegations that he was linked to cleric Fethullah Gülen, a top spokeswoman for U.S. European Command confirmed.
Navy Capt. Wendy Snyder told Task & Purpose on Thursday that the service member was no longer in Turkish custody but she had no further information.
Stars and Stripes identified the service member as Army Spc. Yahya Ozer, who is assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force–Syria. Turkish media have reported that Ozer was stationed at Incirlik Air Base as a translator.
A State Department spokesperson said the department was aware of reports that a U.S. service member had been detained at Istanbul airport but declined to comment further on the matter, citing “privacy considerations.”
It was not immediately clear how the soldier was allegedly connected to Gülen, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly blamed for a failed 2016 coup that resulted in a widespread purge of the Turkish armed forces.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."
The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.
As the British government continues to investigate Friday's seizure, experts worry that it raises the potential of a military clash. However, they also say it offers a lens into Iran's strategy toward the U.S.
Here is a look at what's been happening and why the Strait of Hormuz matters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday the United States is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan.
Trump held out the possibility of restoring U.S. aid to Pakistan, depending upon what is worked out, and offered assistance to Islamabad in trying to ease strained ties with India.
The Navy has identified the missing sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, who was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, with Carrier Air Wing 7.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified maintenance records at an Oklahoma base to help it qualify for millions of dollars in bonuses.