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    Trump: US to impose sanctions on Turkey over detained pastor

    Between the Bushes, Clinton and Obama, the US has woven a foreign policy designed in a madhouse.
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    Trump: US to impose sanctions on Turkey over detained pastor
    By SUSANNAH GEORGE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Associated Press



    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says the United States will impose sanctions on NATO ally Turkey over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.

    Shortly after the possibility of sanctions was first announced by Vice President Mike Pence Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the U.S. "will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson."

    "He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!" the president added from aboard Air Force One as he flew to Iowa for an event.

    Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, quickly responded, also via Twitter:

    "No one dictates Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody. Rule of law is for everyone; no exception."

    Pence's initial announcement of possible sanctions came at the close of a three-day conference on religious freedom.

    Brunson, 50, an evangelical Christian pastor originally from North Carolina, was let out of jail Wednesday, after 1 1/2 years, to serve house arrest because of "health problems," according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

    "Brunson is an innocent man, there is no credible evidence against him," Pence said.

    Trump said on Twitter last week that the pastor's detention was "a total disgrace." One of Brunson's attorneys is Jay Sekulow, who also represents Trump in the Russia investigation.

    If convicted, Brunson faces up to 15 years in prison for "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member," references to outlawed Kurdish militants and the network of a U.S-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt. He could receive another 20 years if he is found guilty of espionage.

    Brunson denies the charges.

    U.S. senators previously pushed to block the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey, citing Brunson's detention as one instance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's disregard for the rule of law.

    Pence's announcement of possible sanctions was delivered at a conference on religious freedom in Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke at the conference.

    Pence highlighted cases of what he said was religious repression in Nicaragua, Iran, North Korea, China and Myanmar. He also condemned Islamic State group violence toward religious minorities and what he described as rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Pompeo announced additional aid for a region of Iraq previously held by the Islamic State group. Pompeo said the department would provide $17 million for de-mining efforts in Nineveh, an area of Iraq historically home to many of Iraq's religious minorities.

    Ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been strained by the pastor Brunson case.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously linked Brunson's return to the U.S. to the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Turkey's government holds responsible for a failed July 2016 military coup.

    Gulen, who denies orchestrating the coup attempt, lives in Pennsylvania. Turkish requests for his arrest and extradition have not been granted.

    Brunson served as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant congregation, and has lived in Turkey for 23 years. He was detained by Turkish forces in the aftermath of the failed coup, The indictment against him contends he worked to convert Kurds to Christianity to sow discord in Turkey.

    More than 77,000 people were arrested across Turkey after the government declared a state of emergency following the failed 2016 coup. The crackdown has targeted journalists, activists and opposition figures.

    Brunson rejected evidence against him during a recent hearing, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

    "I believe in and support Turkey's territorial integrity," he told the court. "I forgive those who lie and bear false witness against me."

    Brunson's case has been adjourned until Oct. 12.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/26...tor-freed.html
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    ― Lady Gregory, Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Fianna of Ireland

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    they need to give us back our person

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    Erdogan spokesman says United States will not achieve results by threatening Turkey
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-t...-idUSKBN1KG2O1 (fair use)
    JULY 26, 2018 / 1:52 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO Reuters Staff

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday the U.S. administration will not achieve its desired results by threatening Turkey, after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of sanctions unless Ankara freed an American pastor.

    “The United States must reconsider its approach and adopt a constructive position before inflicting further damage to its own interests and its alliance with Turkey,” Ibrahim Kalin said in a written statement.

    Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Alison Williams

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    to hell with Turkey
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    Erdogan spokesman says United States will not achieve results by threatening Turkey

    I don't think that it is a threat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murt View Post
    Erdogan spokesman says United States will not achieve results by threatening Turkey

    I don't think that it is a threat
    Yes, think the time for talking is over. Turkey is completely over-confident in this matter and needs an adjustment to their reality.

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    Holger Zschaepitzţ @Schuldensuehner · 8h8 hours ago

    Oops! #Turkey Lira drops almost 2% as Vice President Mike Pence says U.S. will impose sanctions on Turkey unless American pastor is released.
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    Trump Hits Turkey When It’s Down, Doubling Tariffs

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/u...-currency.html (fair use)
    By Jim Tankersley, Ana Swanson and Matt Phillips
    Aug. 10, 2018

    WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would double the rate of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, inflicting additional pain on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is in the midst of an economic crisis.

    Mr. Trump’s abrupt and unilateral action came amid worsening relations with Turkey, which has continued to detain an American pastor on espionage charges despite the United States’ insistence that he be released.

    In a Twitter post on Friday morning, Mr. Trump said the United States would bump Turkey’s aluminum tariffs to 20 percent and steel tariffs to 50 percent and cited the country’s deteriorating currency, the Turkish lira. “Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!” he said.


    Donald J. Trump

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    I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!

    8:47 AM - Aug 10, 2018


    While Mr. Trump’s decision is primarily aimed at punishing Turkey over its failure to return the American pastor, Andrew Brunson, the decision spooked markets and raised the possibility that he could similarly raise tariff rates on other trading partners that have seen their currencies fall against the strengthening dollar, most notably China. Mr. Trump has already threatened to increase tariff rates on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent, in part because of sharp decline in its currency.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down by 0.6 percent after midday trading. The dollar, as measured by the ICE U.S. dollar index, was up more than 0.8 percent, a relatively large move for the currency. Investors flocked to the safety of American government bonds, pushing yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell below 2.90 percent, a sign that jittery investors were hungry for secure places to park their money.
    Mr. Trump’s mention of the currency suggested he is concerned that a rapid depreciation in Turkey’s currency has essentially mitigated the effect of his tariffs. Since a weaker currency makes it less expensive for countries to export their goods, the tariffs carry less punch. By doubling the rate, Mr. Trump’s levies will continue to hurt Turkish metal exporters.

    Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said the president’s move sent a “worrisome” signal to the world.

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    Gregor Peter‏ @L0gg0l · 18m18 minutes ago

    Turkey has $467 billion in external debt or roughly 60% of GDP. This is combined with a large current account deficit. Thailand97 could be a walk in the park compared with that. And Erdogan basically is giving fault to creditors

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    Gregor Peterţ @L0gg0l · 35m35 minutes ago

    $$ Rumor - Some online banking and bank apps are down in Turkey h/t @Ceritm

    Gregor Peter‏ @L0gg0l · 1h1 hour ago

    TURKEY BANKS SAID TO DISCUSS "LIQUIDITY SITUATION" ... bank holiday on Monday?

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    zerohedge‏ @zerohedge · 1h1 hour ago

    Turkish Banks Plan Emergency Meeting As Erdogan Vows To Retaliate To US Sanctions


    zerohedge‏ @zerohedge · 5h5 hours ago

    "This Crisis Is Created By America": Turks Blame Trump For Economic Collapse

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    Turkish Lawyers Want To Raid Incirlik Air Base, Arrest US Troops For Terrorist Ties

    by Tyler Durden
    Friday, 08/10/2018 - 13:55
    Zero Hedge

    A group of lawyers aligned to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed formal charges against a number of US Air Force officers who are stationed at Turkey's Incirlik Air Base. The complaint accuses them of having ties to terrorist groups, and of being in league with the banned Gulenist organization.

    Since the failed 2016 military coup, Erdogan has blamed cleric Fethullah Gulen for plots against him, and has been targeting any and all perceived enemies, accusing them of being in league with Gulen. This is the first time US troops, let alone US troops inside Turkey, have faced such charges.

    Analysts say they believe the charges are a direct response to last week's imposition of sanctions against two Turkish cabinet members by the US. The sanctions were imposed in protest of Turkey's detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held since 2016 on accusations of Gulenist ties.

    The criminal complaint names Cols. John C. Walker, Michael H. Manion, David Eaglen, David Trucksa, Lt. Cols. Timothy J.Cook, Mack R. Coker, and Sgts. Thomas S Cooper and Vegas M. Clark. Air Force officials said they were "aware" of the complaint but would not comment beyond that.

    The Air Force also praised their relationship with "our Turkish military partners," though as US-Turkey tensions continue to rise, as they have in recent years, it's not at all clear how long the US will be able to use the Incirlik base for its military operations in the Middle East.

    The lawyers, on the other hand, demanded the government halt all flights out of Incirlik to keep the US officers from fleeing the country, and called on the government to raid the base and seek to capture the officers.

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    [ZH: As a reminder, Incirlik is a central hub for US air power in the region and the resting place of a few dozen B-61 nuclear gravity bombs with adjustable yields. Though the bombs are securely confined to the US-controlled side of the base, regularly maintained and looked after, and at little risk of falling into enemy hands, experts have long questioned the wisdom of holding US nuclear weapons in Turkey.]

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...terrorist-ties

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    The Air Force also praised their relationship with "our Turkish military partners," though as US-Turkey tensions continue to rise, as they have in recent years, it's not at all clear how long the US will be able to use the Incirlik base for its military operations in the Middle East.

    The lawyers, on the other hand, demanded the government halt all flights out of Incirlik to keep the US officers from fleeing the country, and called on the government to raid the base and seek to capture the officers.

    * * *

    [ZH: As a reminder, Incirlik is a central hub for US air power in the region and the resting place of a few dozen B-61 nuclear gravity bombs with adjustable yields. Though the bombs are securely confined to the US-controlled side of the base, regularly maintained and looked after, and at little risk of falling into enemy hands, experts have long questioned the wisdom of holding US nuclear weapons in Turkey.]
    That sounds ominous to me. As strategic as that base is it sounds like we need to close it down and pull everything out before something bad happens.

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