11 Aug '18, 12pm

Tensions Increase Between U.S. and Turkey Over Detained American Pastor

Tensions Increase Between U.S. and Turkey Over Detained American Pastor

Relations between Turkey and the United States suffered another blow Friday, after President Trump announced via Twitter that he had authorized the doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from Turkey. The deepening rift between the two NATO allies is over failed talks to release an American pastor who has been detained since 2016 on espionage charges. Friday's announcement comes nine days after Trump said the Treasury Department would impose sanctions on two Turkish officials. Here's a look at the major players involved and an explanation of this geopolitical conflict: Pastor Andrew Brunson Brunson is an evangelical preacher who has lived in Turkey for more two decades where he ran the small Izmir Resurrection Church in Izmir, a city on the Aegean coast in western Turkey. He was swept up in a massive dragnet in 2016 and accused of espionage after a military coup ...

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