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The footage shows that eight Turks trapped an American soldier and put a bag over his head in October 2011 in the Aegean province of Bodrum, protesting the events that took place in 2003 in Suleymaniye, in which Turkish soldiers were detained with bags over their heads by American troops. DHA Photo

The footage shows that eight Turks trapped an American soldier and put a bag over his head in October 2011 in the Aegean province of Bodrum, protesting the events that took place in 2003 in Suleymaniye, in which Turkish soldiers were detained with bags over their heads by American troops. DHA Photo

Seven Turks have attacked American soldiers and tried to put bags over their heads in the southern province of Antalya, daily Hürriyet reported today.

The attackers, who were reportedly members of the Turkish Youth Association (TGB), at first verbally attacked the American soldiers, who had left an American aircraft carrier moored off of Antalya to shop.

Police intervened in the incident and detained the seven men when they tired to put bags over the American soldiers' heads. A group of TGB members gathered in front of the police station to protest the detention of their friends.

The detained men were later released.

A group member said they had put bags over the heads of the American soldiers in response to the deaths of two Turkish soldiers who were killed when a Turkish jet was downed off the coast of Syria June 22.

July/18/2012

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Chris Tahos

7/19/2012 8:44:35 PM

Perhaps this kind of behavior among those young turks, is the result of subculture which is expanded through movies like "The valley of the wolves".When these kids have Polat Alemdar as their idol, they tend to express their hostility against innocent sailors, whenever they find the opportunity.Propaganda can be dangerous some times.

US Observer

7/19/2012 4:18:08 PM

I still think it's crazy that the Turks believe that our soldiers were targeting Turkish soldiers when they took them. You think your young troops can tell the difference between and American and Candian on the battlfield? They made a mistake whereas these young people knew what they were doing. Why does every situation get blown way out of porportion?

mara mcglothin

7/19/2012 3:45:06 PM

TURK UZAN THe last time I checked Turkey doesn't have an air force base in America???? If you were to read the paperwork, then you would discover that the agreement between a country and the USA when they "host" a US military installation is that that is in fact "sovereign land" meaning the USA"s property for the term of the "lease". We spent a lot of money there and our people spend a lot of money in Turkey. Simple. No base, no money.

american american

7/19/2012 10:15:35 AM

so what happens when those children who were beat by soldiers for 'theft' grow up and want revenge? what happens when these american soldiers want revenge?....

AmerTurk

7/19/2012 8:23:38 AM

The turks do understand that mit officers chose to do the job they signed up for, right? This isn't some group of poor little conscription soldiers fulfilling their duties against their will. When you stand in the line of fire, you just might get shot. As for the 7 little vigilantes...they should know their place. The line of fire might be too much for them the next time.

gundars vetra

7/19/2012 12:39:45 AM

I don't think it is right time to fire up on issues like that at a time when the region is extremely heated. Many of the founders of the ideology supporting the organization in question are either currently held in prison and/ or still going thru criminal trial process. (partly as a result of AKP/USA cooperation). The intention in that event was clearly to stir up the political situation in Turkey and the Usa -Turkey relations when the heat in the ME is rising at an alarming level.

Turk Uzan

7/19/2012 12:09:53 AM

@ mara mcglothin that's the biggest nonsense I heard, why should we apologize for refusing to let the US use our land to attack another nation? A neighbor even. So if we decide to attack Canada, America should let us use their bases to attack them even though they have no quarrel with them, them selves? @ Thessolonian, They were persecuted for 22 years in jail, they are simple folk who's love for their country drove them to do something very stupid and ignorant. I am happy they are free

kerem atan

7/18/2012 9:34:40 PM

sam stevens, was there any justice when american soldiers put sacks over the heads of turkish soldiers for no reason. but like usual the readers run down turkey and overexaggerate this kind of protest which aint different from throwing an egg in my view.they didnt mean to beat up the soldiers.they just wanna show turkish soldiers aint worthless.

Tekion Particle

7/18/2012 8:21:37 PM

It sounds like some irresponsible tug of youth has taken it upon themselves to take retaliatory action against the treatment of MIT intelligence officers in northern Iraq in the hands of some redneck US soldiers. Thankfully, no one is hurt and no harm is done but regardless of the cause, an assault is an assault and the criminal law should have been implemented. Why they were not charged is more of a mystery.

Thessalonian

7/18/2012 6:58:46 PM

"The detained men were later released." Now that makes a lot of Turkish sence doesn't it? Put people in jail for years for having said or having thought things which displease Mr. Erdogan, yet release the Turkish thugs who assaulted the American sailors. Time to pull the plug on Turkey. Regards
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