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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

US soldier detained by Turkish officials at Istanbul airport has been released | Stars and Stripes

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A U.S. servicemember, detained this week by Turkish officials over accusations he has links to a U.S.-based Turkish cleric considered an enemy by Ankara, has been released.

U.S. European Command said the soldier was released Thursday, but had no other details.

The American was identified as Yahya Ozer, who is listed in U.S. military records as an Army specialist assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force–Syria.

Aksam newspaper, a media group that backs the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported that the soldier was taken into custody at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport earlier in the week. He was stationed at Incirlik Air Base, where he worked as a translator, the newspaper said.

Source: US soldier detained by Turkish officials at Istanbul airport has been released | Stars and Stripes

 

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