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.
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's parliament descended into chaos on Sunday when lawmakers brawled over the appointment of a new speaker, an inauspicious start to the assembly which was sitting for the first time since chaotic elections last year.
Results of last October's parliamentary election were only finalized earlier this month after repeated technical and organizational problems and widespread accusations of fraud.
If the Pentagon had to take Consumer Math class in high school, they'd flunk.
The U.S. military—correction, the U.S. taxpayer—is spending more money to buy fewer weapons. The reason? Poor acquisition practices, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
"DOD's 2018 portfolio of major weapon programs has grown in cost by $8 billion, but contains four fewer systems than last year," GAO found.